UV crime: Charges filed in baby-killing case, quarters missing in Provo

Megan Huntsman, 39, (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Megan Huntsman, 39, was formally charged this week for six counts of murder. (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Charges filed against suspected baby killer

The former Pleasant Grove woman arrested last month after police discovered the remains of seven babies in a garage was formally charged this week. Megan Huntsman, 39, faces six counts of murder. Officials say one of the babies was stillborn.

One of the bodies was found by her estranged husband, who was cleaning out the garage. He called police and they found the other six babies, who were born between 1996 and 2006.

Huntsman is being held in the Utah County Jail on $6 million bail. She’ll be back in court later this month.

Woman arrested on sex abuse allegation

The former director of the Birdseye Boys Ranch was arrested recently for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy, police say. Teresa Lee Cope, 34, of Springville was arrested on charges of unlawful custodial sexual relations, sexual activity with a minor and sexual abuse of a minor.

The boy told police that Cope abused him at the ranch, and two other places in Utah County and in Washington County. Charges may also be filed in Washington County against Cope.

Sentencing in car shooting

Two men who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a driver in Orem last year were sentenced this week.

Travis Waldron and Mason French will spend two to 17 years in prison for shooting and killing 42-year-old Rupert Miley. Waldron and French confronted Miley over a drug debt before getting into Miley’s car, police say. French said the gun he was holding in the backseat went off accidentally. After Miley was shot, the car went out of control and crashed on 800 North.

Convicted killer’s competency hearing pushed

Martin MacNeill, the former Pleasant Grove doctor convicted last year in the 2007 death of his wife, was back in court this week for a competency hearing in a separate sex abuse case against him.

MacNeill had refused to meet with doctors to determine his competency but now has met with one of the two. The other’s report will be done before MacNeill’s next hearing on May 5.

The first doctor has determined MacNeill, who tried to kill himself in jail, is competent.

He hasn’t been sentenced in the murder case yet.

Quarter thief

Provo police are looking for the person who stole quarters out of two machines at Timpview Car Wash on Canyon Road. The owner stopped by the car wash on Monday and discovered that all the quarters were missing from two machines.

The quarters were stolen between Saturday night and Monday morning. No word on how many quarters were in the machines.

Anyone with information about the missing money can call police at (801) 852-6210.

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