Mom who killed babies sentenced to prison

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Megan Huntsman will serve at least 30 years in prison for killing her six babies.

The Pleasant Grove mother was given six- 5-years-to-life prison sentences for murdering her newborn babies.

One year ago, police were summoned to her home after a family member discovered a newborn baby found in a box. The family had been cleaning out the garage when they made the grisly find.

Police were called in and soon discovered the bodies of seven newborn babies in separate boxes. In February, Huntsman pleaded guilty to murdering her six babies.

Monday, Darren West couldn’t stomach what police were saying prior to his ex-wife’s sentencing

A Pleasant Grove police detective was describing how they found the newborn babies in the garage of Huntsman’s home.

“She used her hands to choke them,” said Detective Dan Beckstrom.

West left the courtroom.

“It was difficult in there,” said West.

Beckstrom said police were called to the home where they found seven babies stuffed in boxes throughout the shelving of the garage.

“Some were wrapped in blankets or towels,” said Beckstrom. “They were covered in a plastic bag and stuffed in the boxes”

Huntsman confessed to killing six of her newborn babies over a ten year period. She claimed the seventh baby was still born. Beckstrom said the medical examiner couldn’t determine a cause of death.

Huntsman never spoke publicly during her sentencing. But in a prepared statement read by her attorney Huntsman apologized and said some of the blame lied with her meth addiction.

“I (Huntsman) honestly don’t know what caused me to do these terrible things,” Attorney Anthony Howell said on Huntsman’s behalf.

Prosecutors called her actions heinous.

“To her credit without her testimony we would have had a difficult time prosecuting the case,” said Jeff Buhman, the Utah County attorney. “Nothethless, she killed her children with her own hands, six of her babies.”

Huntsman’s daughters wrote letters on behalf of their mother. Huntsman’s sister read those letters in the courtroom. Her daughters said they couldn’t understand why this happened but they still loved her.

Afterwards one family member who didn’t divulge her name said justice was served.

“Hopefully we can move on now, maybe a little bit of justice for those little ones,” said the unnamed family member.

The judge sentenced Huntsman to the maximum sentence possible, disregarding the recommendations of prosecutors and defense attorneys. She was given 5-years-to-life sentences for the six felonies. Three of the sentences will run consecutively. According to Buhman, Huntsman will serve at least 30 years in prison and possibly life. The Utah Board of Pardons has the final say on how long she will have to serve.

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