Former Muskingum University student Emile Weaver has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the heinous crime of throwing her newborn baby in the trash outside her sorority house. Emile is paying dearly for her baby’s death.
Emile Weaver, 21, was sentenced on June 27 to life in prison without the chance for parole, after being found guilty of killing her newborn daughter by leaving her outside her sorority house inside a trash bag. Emile was convicted of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence by a jury in May, and now has to pay for her crime committed on April 22, 2015.
Prosecutors said Emile gave birth in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority on April 22, and proceeded to “take care” of her newborn daughter. Rather than calling for medical care or rushing to the hospital for help, Emile quietly placed her baby in a plastic trash bag and left her outside the house; the baby girl died of asphyxiation, according to the Associated Press.
Emile testified at her trial that she was in denial about her pregnancy, and thought that the baby was already dead when she put her in the trash bag. She apologized to the jury and said that she had asked god’s forgiveness, too. Prosecutors said that Emile actually knew she was pregnant the whole time, and did things like drink heavily, smoke weed, and play contact sports because she never intended to keep the baby.
There was one other piece of damning evidence presented by prosecution. The former sorority girl had sent texts to the baby’s father that said “No more baby,” followed by “taken care of.” Emile could have been sentenced to life in prison with the option of parole in 20 years, but the presiding Judge Mark Fleegle couldn’t be convinced she was remorseful.
The text, was probably the most truthful statement you made that day,” the judge told Emile, according to the Zanesville Times Recorder. “It was an inconvenience, and you took care of it.” Emile attempted to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, but she was found mentally competent. She is attempting to appeal her sentence. “We believe justice has been served as best as humanly possible,” Muskingum County Prosecutor D. Michael Haddox said.
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