Former Sorority Member Sentenced for Killing Newborn

The former student gave birth to the child at her sorority house.
Published: June 28, 2016

A former Muskingum University student was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without parole for killing her infant.

Emile Weaver, 21, gave birth to a girl at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house in April, 2015, and threw the baby in the trash, reports the Associated Press. The child died from asphyxiation after being put in a plastic bag. A jury found Weaver guilty of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Although Weaver said during the trial that she was in denial about the baby, prosecutors said she knew about her pregnancy. They also said she never intended to keep the child and engaged in risky behaviors like playing dodgeball and consuming alcohol and marijuana before the birth of the baby.

Earlier in the trial, Weaver attempted to plead guilty by reason of insanity, but her plea was thrown out by the judge.

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