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Megan Huntsman (FOX13)

Megan Huntsman (FOX13)

PROVO, Utah (PIX11/AP) — A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborns and hiding their bodies in her garage has been sentenced to up to life in prison.

A judge handed down the maximum sentence Monday to 40-year-old Megan Huntsman.

The Pleasant Grove woman told police she was too addicted to meth to care for more children. She pleaded guilty to six counts of murder in February.

Police say they found seven dead infants in a Utah home. (FOX 13 News/Eric Brown)

Police say they found seven dead infants in a Utah home. (FOX 13 News/Eric Brown)

Residents in a home were cleaning out a garage when they found what appeared to be a dead infant in a container. The infant was full term, police said.

Authorities say Huntsman’s estranged husband was the babies’ father and found their bodies in April 2014.  A seventh baby found in the garage was stillborn.

Huntsman had not lived in the home since 2011. Police said Huntsman shared the home with her husband, Darren West, and they lived there for quite some time.  West spend nine years in federal prison on drug distribution related charges. Neighbors said the couple was divorced.

Police said while Huntsman was living at the home she was there with their three children. Those children are now in their teens.

The sentence brings closure to a case that sent shockwaves through the quiet, mostly Mormon community where Huntsman stored the tiny bodies for more than a decade.

The small city of Pleasant Grove is south of Salt Lake City.

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