Sunday 19 November 2017

Student (21) who texted 'no more baby' sentenced to life in prison for killing newborn at sorority house

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Meadhbh McGrath

A former college student has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her newborn baby and throwing her in a rubbish bin.

Emile Weaver (21) was found guilty by a jury last month of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Weaver reportedly gave birth in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum University in Ohio on April 22, 2015.

Prosecutors said she put the newborn in a plastic rubbish bag and left the bag outside the sorority house, where she died by asphyxiation.

The baby was discovered by Weaver’s sorority sisters.

During the trial last month, Weaver testified that she had been in denial about her pregnancy, and said she believed the child was already dead when she placed her in the bag.

According to prosecutors, she had concealed her pregnancy for nine months and attempted numerous times to end the pregnancy by drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, playing aggressive sports and taking up to 80 labour-inducing pills.

Weaver pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the judge deemed her to be mentally competent.

Judge Mark Fleegle said he didn’t believe Weaver felt remorse for her actions, citing several text messages as evidence.

After discarding the newborn child, Weaver reportedly sent a text message to the alleged father of the child, writing: “No more baby,” followed by “taken care of, don’t worry about it”.

Weaver wrote in a letter to the judge before her sentencing that she didn’t realise what she had done until she saw the baby's body in a casket at her funeral, and that "we all do things we're not proud of".

“I ask God for forgiveness, and today, all I can do is ask for all of yours,” she told the court.

In response, the Washington Post reports the judge said: “In those four paragraphs, you mention ‘I’ 15 times. Once again, it’s all about you.”

On Monday, Weaver was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She said she intends to appeal her conviction.

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