The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 14, 2014

Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah —

Neighbor Sharon Chipman said the couple married young, and Huntsman never worked except for a short stint at a grocery store.

The three daughters who were living in the house were good young women who have turned out remarkably well considering their father has been in prison, Chipman and Wall said.

West’s parents have played an influential role in their upbringing, especially the youngest, who is still in junior high.

Wall said she’s puzzled about why Huntsman would have killed the babies, especially considering her youngest daughter, now a young teen, was born during the decade Huntsman told authorities she killed the other babies.

“Why was one of them saved?” Wall said.

Neighbors said they noticed Huntsman’s weight fluctuated over the years, with her toggling between baggy and tight clothes, but they didn’t realize she was pregnant. Smith declined to say if Huntsman gave birth to the babies in the home or at a hospital.

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