Megan Huntsman: Utah woman faces life in jail after admitting killing six of her babies

Thirty-nine-year-old woman said she was addicted to drugs at the time

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The Independent US

A woman in Utah has pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage, bringing her case closer to resolution.

Megan Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison when she's sentenced April 20. Her voice broke as she said guilty six times to answer for each count, the Associated Press said.

The infants' remains were discovered by Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, in April 2014 as he gathered belongings from the home they had shared in Pleasant Grove, a city of about 35,000. He called police after finding the first tiny body in a cardboard box. Authorities found the rest, seven in all, one of which they said was stillborn.

Huntsman told police she immediately strangled or suffocated the newborns, wrapped them in cloth, put them in plastic bags, then packed them in boxes over a 10-year period from 1996 to 2006.

She told investigators she was addicted to methamphetamine at the time and did not want to care for the babies.

Mr West made the discovery shortly after he was released from federal prison where he was sent eight years ago after pleading guilty to drug charges. He was the father of each child and lived with Huntsman during the decade when they were killed, but police have said they are not investigating him in connection with the deaths.