PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (April 14, 2014) A judge set bond at $6 million bail for Megan Huntsman, 39, who’s accused of killing six of the seven babies she gave birth to over a span of 10 years.
The seventh infant was apparently stillborn.
State Judge Steven Hansen set bond at $1 million for each child when Huntsman appeared Monday morning via video in a Utah courtroom.
She’s charged with six counts of murder.
Huntsman was arrested Sunday after police found the infants' tiny bodies inside cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home in Pleasant Grove.
She told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage, according to a probable cause statement that police released Monday.
She said between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that six of them were born alive, the statement said.
She said she killed them immediately after they were born, and put their bodies inside boxes, according to the statement, which said each baby was wrapped in either a towel or a shirt, and placed in a plastic bag.
No other arrests have been made, but prosecutors say the investigation remains open.
The family of Huntsman estranged husband, Darren West, issued a statement Sunday in which they said they’re in a “state of shock and confusion” and mourning “this tragic loss of life.”
Investigators believe West and Megan Huntsman were together when the babies were born between 1996 and 2006, police Capt. Michael Roberts said.
West isn’t a person of interest at this time, he said.
Court records show West pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to two counts of possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine.
In 2006, he was sentenced to nine years in prison.
It's unclear when he was released.