A Utah woman accused of killing seven of her babies was arrested Sunday after police found the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home, The Associated Press reports.
Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, investigators said, according to the AP.
The news service also reported: "Neighbors in the middle-class neighborhood of mostly older homes 35 miles south of Salt Lake City say they were shocked by the accusations and perplexed that the woman's older children still living in the home didn't know their mother was pregnant or notice anything suspicious."
The parents of a toddler found dead at a Fort Worth apartment Saturday had been investigated for allegations of child abuse four times before, officials said.
Anthony Segora, 2, was beaten to death late Saturday, according to reports. But records show there were problems with the family even before he was born.
Child Protective Services investigated the family in 2010 for neglectful supervision and physical abuse of two other children in the home. Records show that the parents completed a drug program to resolve the case.
A second investigation began when Anthony was born in September 2011 because he tested positive for drugs, according to CPS records. The mother attended another drug program, records show.
CPS officials began a third investigation on Jan. 2, 2013 on suspicion of medical and physical abuse, but they couldn't follow up because the family could not be found.
At some point, the father left the home and the mother got a boyfriend who was baby-sitting when he called 911 to report the child was unresponsive. He, too, has a criminal record.
As we look back on the top headlines of 2013, we're reminded of some very violent crime involving children.
Staff writer Deanna Boyd recounts that, within a week’s time last summer, two young children — Sida Osman, 5, of Fort Worth and Alanna Gallagher, 6, of Saginaw — vanished while playing outside their homes.
Both were found dead within several hours: Sida in the back yard of a nearby vacant home and Alanna lying along a street less than a mile from her home, her body inside in a black trash bag.