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  • 9 July 2014, 14:03

Mother Who Killed Six Babies 'Was Drug Addict'

A Utah woman has told authorities she killed six of her newborns because she was a drug addict and did not want the responsibility of raising them.

It is the first time police have revealed the motive behind Megan Huntsman's killings, which shocked the nation.

"It was completely selfish," Pleasant Grove Police Captain Mike Roberts said.

"She was high on drugs and didn't want the babies, or the responsibility. That was her priority at the time."

Huntsman, 39, was heavily addicted tomethamphetamine - known as meth - when she strangled or suffocated the infants between 1996 and 2006, Mr Roberts told the AP news agency.

Huntsman killed six babies immediately after they were born and then stuffed their bodies inside boxes in her garage in Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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

DNA results revealed this week showed that all seven babies were full-term and that five were girls and two were boys.

After her arrest in April, Huntsmanconfessed to the killings.

Huntsman is being held in Utah County Jail on $6m bail after a judge set it at $1m for each baby she is accused of killing.

She is due in court on July 21.

Police were alerted by Huntsman's estranged husband and father of the babies, Darren West, who spent about eight years in prison after pleading guilty to meth charges.

Mr West lived with Huntsman during the decade their children were killed, before he went to prison, but he is not a suspect in the case.

However, investigators have not explained how he could have been oblivious to the pregnancies or deaths.

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