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  • 14 April 2014, 16:38

Seven Dead Babies Found In Cardboard Boxes

A woman has been arrested after police found seven dead babies stuffed in cardboard boxes at her former home.

Megan Huntsman was held after officers were called to her old house near Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is said to have given birth to the children between 1996 and 2006.

The investigation began when officers received a call from her estranged husband about a dead infant in a house in Pleasant Grove.

Huntsman, who moved out of the house three years ago, has been charged with murder.

A spokesman for Pleasant Grove Police said officers had "responded to the residence and observed the body of a newborn infant that appeared to be full term".

He said: "A search warrant was obtained for the residence and during the execution of the warrant, officers discovered six additional infant bodies.

"Each infant was found packaged in separate containers."

Police Captain Michael Roberts said the man who made the call had lived with Huntsman, but was not a person of interest in the investigation.

"We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation," Cpt Roberts said.

When asked how the man could not have known, he replied, "That's the million-dollar question. Amazing."

The bodies were sent to the Utah medical examiner's office for tests, including one to determine the cause of death.

DNA samples have been from the suspect and her husband to determine definitively whether the two are the parents.