“No more life outside jail” the judge wrote
Emily weaver, 21, former Ohio sorority girl sentenced to life for aggravated murder of her infant daughter and abuse of the corpse
Neither judge nor jury believed Weaver’s defense that she was unaware she was pregnant until she suddenly gave birth
Nurse testified university’s wellness center tested Weaver and informed her of her pregnancy quite early
Judge finds her contrition unconvincing, jailed for life without parole
Notears, no emotion for Emile Weaver at her sentencing Monday, June 27, 2016. The sham show stopped when it took the jury less than 2 hours to convict her on all counts and the judge slam her for life
Emile Weaver, 21, the former Ohio sorority girl found guilty of killing her baby daughter and throwing the body in a dumpster was handed a life sentence by Judge Mark Fleegle who felt she showed a remarkable lack of remorse for her crime.
Weaver, then a sophmore, was found guilty in the April 2015 killing of the new born infant, inside the bathroom of her Delta Gamma Theta sorority house at the Muskingum University in Zanesville, Ohio. The baby died of asphyxiation, according to the autopsy reports.
She was also found guilty of abuse of a corpse plus two other counts of tampering with evidence.
Judge Fleegle had latitutde to sentence Weaver to life eligible for parole within 20 years, as requested by the defense, but the judge wasn’t convinced the cold hearted mother had shown remorse for killing her hapless baby.
“We believe justice has been served as best as humanly possible,” Muskingum County Prosecutor D. Michael Haddox said after the sentencing.
Weaver, of Clarington, Ohio, testified during the trial that she had been in denial about the pregnancy and thought the baby was already dead when she discarded the trash bag. The prosecutors argued that Weaver never wanted her baby as she drank alcohol, smoked pot, played sports and took labor-inducing supplements throughout her pregnancy hoping she’d have a miscarriage.
Part of the evidence tendered in court was the fact that she took 80 pills of black cohosh — a supplement that comes in a bottle emblazoned with the warning, “Do not take if pregnant” — in the 16 days before she gave birth.
On April 22, 2015, after she gave birth to a baby girl, post-humously named Addison Grace, on the toilet of her sorority’s bathroom. But in a supreme act of callousness, she went to the sorority’s kitchen, got a knife to cut the umbilical cord, put the baby and the placenta inside a trash bag, sealed it, and threw it away, asphyxiating the infant.
That evening Weaver texted a male student on campus thought to be the father before the baby was found, “No more baby.”
He texted back: “What” and “???”
She replied: “No more baby.”
He texted: “How do you know”
She replied: “Taken care of.”
He texted: “How” and “??”
She replied: “Don’t worry about it”
He texted: “Why won’t you tell me”
She replied: “You haven’t cared this whole time and I really don’t feel like talking about it”
He texted back, in part: “I would like to know how you killed my kid”
In later texts, she told him she had gone into labor for six hours the day before and the baby had died because of “placenta complications.”
DNA tests later proved that the man in the correspondence was not the father of baby Addison.
However, Weaver was tripped by her failure to cleanup after herself. She left behind a bloody scene in the bathroom. Thinking it was from a girl’s period, the sorority house manager texted everyone in the house, asking whoever made the mess to come forward and clean it up, her note said “It looks like a murder scene”.
Later that night, Four Deltas went out for ice cream and discussed the rumors surrounding Weaver, her weight gain, recent weird behavior, and two of them decided to inspect the sorority’s garbage bin. They found a heavy plastic bag, tore a hole, and shook it. A baby’s foot appeared, they went back inside to tell their friends a further check of the bag revealed the baby’s dark hair and blue eyes. The matter was escalated to the campus authorities who called the police.
Weaver testified during her trial that she was in denial about her pregnancy and that she believed the baby was already dead when she gave birth and when she discarded the body.
Prosecutors argued that she never wanted to have the child and attempted to kill the baby by taking 80 pills of black cohosh, a supplement that comes in a bottle bearing the warning “ Do not take if pregnant,” in the 16 days before she gave birth, prosecutors argued.
Weaver said she intends to appeal her sentence and told the judge that she only realized what she had done when she saw the body of Addison Grace lying in a casket at the infant’s funeral.
“I ask God for forgiveness, and today, all I can do is ask for all of yours.”
The stiff sentence was also surprising, however, as it stood in sharp contrast to another, remarkably similar case from the same school.
In 2002, Muskingum student Jennifer “Nikki” Bryant wrapped her newborn in a blanket and put the baby in a trash can, where the child died. Bryant pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and abuse of a corpse. She was sentenced to three years in prison but only served seven months.
In the latest incident, neither judge nor jury found Weaver’s attempts to echo Bryant’s defense — that she was unaware she was pregnant until she suddenly gave birth, and that she was sorry for what she had done — unconvincing.
One the facts highlighted was that in early September of 2014, Weaver visited the university’s wellness center to obtain birth control. First, however, she had to take a pregnancy test. When her test came back positive, however, Weaver didn’t respond to the clinic’s calls, voice mails or text messages, a nurse later testified. Finally, the nurse sent Weaver a certified letter.
Weaver never replied.