A Utah mom who was found guilty of killing her six newborn babies has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
Megan Huntsman, 40, who has three children, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of first-degree murder for killing the infants, who were all born at home between 1996 and 2006, reports USA Today. While cleaning out their garage after being released from prison for drugs, her estranged husband, Darren West, discovered the babies' dead bodies in boxes. He also found a stillborn baby wrapped in plastic. DNA tests confirmed that he was the father of all of the children.
Huntsman blames her actions on her addiction to meth and alcohol, which she says prevented her from being a good mother to her newborns.
In a statement read by her attorney in court, Huntsman wrote: "In some small way, I wanted to help them avoid the terrible life I would have given them.
"I deprived my little babies of the opportunity of life," she added. " … Those babies aren't coming back, and they never will because of my actions."
Huntsman admitted she strangled or suffocated at least six of the babies and that the seventh was stillborn, reports CNN. West, with whom Huntsman reportedly had an abusive marriage, says he wasn't aware of any of the pregnancies.
Before her sentencing, Huntsman's sister read letters from two of her three daughters.
Her youngest child wrote: "This is not the Mom I know. The Mom I know was the one who had dinner for us every night, a clean house and was a loving mother. Nobody could guess my mom would do anything like this."
The mom was sentenced to the maximum penalty and will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.
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