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Police disclose motive in case of Utah mother accused of killing newborns

FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities say a Utah woman's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.

Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 39-year-old Megan Huntsman was heavily into a meth addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006.

Roberts said she wasn't worried about the babies' health, but simply didn't want to care for them.

Authorities think a seventh baby found in her Pleasant Grove garage was stillborn.

Police had previously declined to discuss a motive in the case.

Huntsman is in jail on $6 million bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Her lawyer Anthony Howell declined comment Tuesday.

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