The former boyfriend of the woman who allegedly killed seven of her babies and packed six of them in cardboard boxes is stunned.
Jimmy Brady, of Salt Lake City, says he was shocked to hear about what Megan Huntsman reportedly did and told a newspaper he had no idea about her past. He said he has been left depressed to hear about someone he cared about and how she killed her own children in such a gruesome manner.
Police believe Megan Huntsman, 39, gave birth to the babies then killed them over the past decade and they arrested her on Saturday after the grisly discovery. They found the babies following a call from Huntsman’s ex-husband about a dead infant found inside a Pleasant Grove home that Huntsman lived in until 2011. Officers arrived and found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term.
Brady, who lived with the 39-year-old at a trailer home for 18 months, said he has not been able to sleep since Huntsman was arrested on suspicion of murder. He told the London Daily Mail: “I swear I had no idea, no idea what she had done in her past.”
From the report:
‘If I had known anything about her dark past I would never have started dating her. It just does not add up. I know what has been said, but I still can’t believe what they are saying about her.’
Brady, who lived with the 39-year-old at a trailer home in the West Valley City area of Salt Lake City, said he has not been able to sleep since Huntsman was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Looking tired and drawn, he trembled as he spoke nervously drawing on a cigarette.
Work colleagues said he has been left a shattered as the realization that he was living with a woman who has allegedly killed six of her newborn babies sunk in.
‘Jimmy is an innocent in this.He just can’t believe that the woman he loved has been accused of doing this. It is just horrendous,’ said a colleague at the supermarket where he works.
Brady, 37, has lived with Huntsman for over 18 months.
They met at Smith’s Grocery store in Pleasant Grove, the town where Huntsman lived with her three daughters.
Her relationship with Brady, a father of one, resulted in her being thrown out of her marital home by her in laws.
Stephen and Diane West had said she could continue to live in the three bedroom home after their son Darren was jailed on drugs charges provided she remained faithful.
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Brady, who shook with emotion as he spoke with MailOnline, insisted Huntsman had never talked about her past.
‘It was never spoken about. We did not talk about her past life and I had no reason to really ask,’ he said.
Horror find: Darren West, pictured, Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead baby while cleaning out his parents’ house
‘I’m just a bystander in all of this. It has really shaken me up. What they are saying is not the Megan I knew.’
Police searched the home after getting a search warrant and found six more babies packaged in separate cardboard boxes inside the garage.
Huntsman allegedly gave birth to the infants, then killed them over a 10 year period. Her ex-husband is believed to be the father, but investigators are still looking for information from DNA tests to provide them with additional information. Police indicate they are not currently pursuing charges against the former husband.
Neighbors said they never suspected Hunstman was pregnant and they had trusted her to look after their children over the years and indicated there were no problems.
Huntsman told police that “she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born,” the Associated Press reported. “She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.”
Huntsman, 39, is charged with six counts of murder; she told authorities the seventh baby was stillborn. She is being held on $6 million bail, $1 million for each baby.
Pleasant Grove police Lt. Britt Smith said that during the interview with police, Huntsman was “unemotional and matter of fact.”