A former student at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, was found guilty of aggravated murder for killing her newborn daughter after giving birth in a sorority house bathroom. The former sorority girl, Emile Weaver, took the newborn and placed her body inside of a bag and tied it shut. Weaver then placed the bag next to the trash cans outside of the Delta Gamma Theta house before sending a text to the alleged father of the baby noting that there was “no more baby.” Weaver now faces a potential sentence of life without parole.
The Daily Mail reports that former sorority girl Emile Weaver was living in denial over her pregnancy and did not know until the baby’s birth that she was truly pregnant. In fact, Emile attempted to squash rumors running rampant in the sorority house that she was pregnant before the birth as her stomach grew.
Emile Weaver texted the man she thought to be the baby’s father. She told him: Baby was ‘taken care of’: https://t.co/NBGjG00G1S
— Beth Bailey (@MNCOBethBailey) May 13, 2016
However, when it came time to give birth, Emile found herself on a toilet in the sorority house. After birthing the baby on the toilet, the new mother went into the kitchen and got a knife to cut the umbilical cord. Upon return, Emile said she thought the baby had died because she “showed no signs of movement,” so she placed the body in a bag and put it outside with the garbage.
Following the disposal of the baby’s body, Emile reportedly sent a text to the father of the baby noting that it was “taken care of” and that there was “no more baby.” She had claimed that she went into labor the night before and that the baby died of “complications.”
She then told her mother and roommate that she had suffered a miscarriage. After telling her mother she had a miscarriage, Emile went for a medical examination at a West Virginia hospital. At the hospital, Emile allegedly told staff that she had severe cramping and had passed a mass of tissue that was about four inches long and “looked like a baby.” However, medical tests performed at the hospital determined she did not miscarry but had carried a baby to full term.
Days after she gave birth, Emile Weaver sought care for a miscarriage, according to Thursday’s testimony. https://t.co/EcMJVyLGP4
— NewarkAdvocate.com (@NewarkAdvocate) May 12, 2016
Emile Weaver was arrested after her sorority sisters found the baby in the plastic bag outside of the sorority house. Medical tests performed on the baby revealed that the baby was not stillborn as Emile claimed but rather died of asphyxiation.
A number of the sorority sisters from the Delta Gamma Theta house testified in court that there were rumors that Emile was pregnant leading up to the birth. The girls noted that the rumors began when Emile started gaining weight and wearing baggie clothing. It was revealed that she often carried stuffed animals or pillows in front of her stomach to hide her baby bump.
The Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox hammered Emile in court, noting that she knew she was pregnant and that she was not surprised by the birth as she had previously claimed.
“I don’t want you to lie to me because I think you knew you were pregnant. I don’t believe you went to the bathroom and had this baby and it was a complete surprise.”
However, Emile said she was in complete denial, telling herself constantly that her situation wasn’t true. She attempted to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, but she was determined competent to stand trial.
Following the death of the newborn baby girl, many were outraged that the young college student would leave her newborn baby to die in a trash bag instead of utilizing the state’s safe haven laws. In Ohio, mothers are allowed to anonymously turn their newborn babies over to a fire station, police station, or hospital worker without consequence within 30 days of birth. Despite the lenient safe haven laws, this is the second time a Muskingum University student has given birth and disposed of a living newborn baby in the garbage.
Emile’s sorority sisters are now working with the Muskingum University Greeks to raise awareness about Ohio Safe Haven Laws. The group recently held their first annual Delta 5K Color Run with proceeds going to the local Open Arms Pregnancy Center.
Following the guilty verdict, Emile Weaver faces a potential life in prison without parole. Weaver was found guilty of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, and two counts of tampering with evidence.
[Image via Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office/ mugshot]