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Husband denied knowing of dead babies in garage

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

PROVO, Utah (AP):

Investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage, but they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realise what was happening, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.

Under intense questioning from detectives after the April 2014 discovery in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Darren West repeatedly denied knowing of his wife's shocking actions, according to transcripts of police interviews obtained through a public records request.

West acknowledged that he knew of a couple of Megan Huntsman's pregnancies from 1996 to 2006 but said that she told him she had had miscarriages. He had no idea what she did with the foetuses or bodies.

That was, in part, caused by the fact that he spent most of the decade high nearly every day on cocaine, methamphetamines, or marijuana before being sent to federal prison on meth charges, he said.

"I knew she was pregnant, but I was so messed up on freaking drugs I don't know what was going on," West said.

Huntsman pleaded guilty to six counts of murder and is serving up to life in prison. She said she was too addicted to meth to take care of the babies. A seventh baby's body was found, but investigators later determined it was stillborn.

She said during one birth, West was watching TV with his brother and sister-in-law when Huntsman told them she was going to take a bath and go to bed. Instead, she gave birth, suffocating the baby.

Huntsman told police that she hid the pregnancies from everyone, including her three young daughters.