Thursday 27 November 2014

Mother in court over death of her six newborn babies

Published 21/07/2014 | 18:15

This photo provided by the Utah County jail shows Megan Huntsman is suspected of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade. Seven dead babies were found in a garage at a Pleasant Grove home where Huntsman lived up until 2011. Photo: AP
This photo provided by the Utah County jail shows Megan Huntsman is suspected of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade. Seven dead babies were found in a garage at a Pleasant Grove home where Huntsman lived up until 2011. Photo: AP

A US woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage has appeared in court.

Attorneys for 39-year-old Megan Huntsman postponed until October a decision about whether to request an evidence hearing in her case.

Police in Utah say Huntsman was heavily into a meth addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants. The killings took place from 1996 to 2006.

Police say she was not worried about the babies' health, but simply did not want to care for them.

Her lawyer Anthony Howell has declined to comment on the allegations.

Authorities think a seventh baby found in her garage was stillborn.

Huntsman is in jail on six million US dollars bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She has not yet entered a plea.

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