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Published On: Wed, Jun 29th, 2016

Ohio woman, Emile Weaver, gets life sentence for smothering and dumping her newborn

An Ohio jury convicted Emile Weaver of “aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse, and two counts of tampering with evidence for placing her newborn baby girl in a plastic trash bag on April 22, 2015, suffocating her,” according to the Columbia Dispatch, taking less than an hour to reach its verdict.

On Monday Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle sentenced Weaver,21, to life in prison without parole, not swayed by Weaver’s letter sent in advance of her sentencing in which she apologized.

Weaver initially told investigators she didn’t know she was pregnant until she had her baby on the toilet at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house at Muskingum University in Zanesville, located just east of Columbus.

The story was contradicted when she testified last Friday, when she confessed to knowing she was pregnant after returning to campus from winter break in early 2015. But she said she continued to deny it to those who asked, and even to herself.

Emile Weaver

Emile Weaver

“I said ‘no’ so many times that in my mind, none of this was happening,” said Weaver.

 

In choosing not to include eligibility for parole as early as 20 years, Judge Fleegle said he “remained unconvinced that Weaver felt any true remorse” particularly noting that text messages to the presumed father read: “No more baby” followed by “taken care of.”

Those message came after she delivered the 6-pound, 10-ounce baby girl, later named Addison Grace, on April 22, 2015.

“I’d like to know how you killed my child,” the man, who was later found not to be the father through a paternity test, responded. Her response was that there were “placenta problems” and that the baby didn’t survive after 6 hours of labor.

Weaver actually 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. The baby died of suffocation, prosecutors said.

Weaver left a trail of blood on and around the toilet, a mess the sorority house manager assumed came from one of the sorority girl’s periods. She described the blood as looking “like a murder scene” in a text to the sorority sisters, asking the person responsible to clean it up, New York Magazine reported.

Sorority sisters who heard the newborn’s cries speculated that Weaver may have been pregnant due to her rapid weight gain and looked through the sorority houses trash cans.

The girls pierced a hole in a bag they found in the trash can and a baby’s foot appeared. They reported their discovery to police, who arrested Weaver days later.

The words “I” and “my” appeared a total of 20 times in the four -paragraph letter, Judge Fleegle pointed out.

“Once again, it’s all about you,” he told Weaver.

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.”

About the Author

- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. robbie jay says:

    This is so unfair she should appeal. Hyphernkemberly only got 30 years because of affirmative action!

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