Sorority sister who left newborn baby to die in campus trash can gets life in prison
A former college student who prosecutors say gave birth in her sorority house before leaving the baby to die in a trash can has been sentenced to life in prison.
Emile Weaver was arrested after police said she had a baby girl in the bathroom of the Delta Gamma Theta house at Muskingum University in Ohio in April 2015 and put her into a trash bag outside.
The baby girl, who was named Addison, suffocated in the bag. A jury found Weaver guilty of murder in May.
Despite making a plea for mercy, Weaver was handed a life sentence without the possibility of parole by a judge this week.
"I stand before you a broken-down woman, asking for forgiveness and mercy," the 21-year-old told the court in Zanesville prior to the sentence being read. "Words cannot express how sorry I am to my beautiful daughter Addison."
Photos of Emile Weaver during her sentencing:
Despite Weaver's tearful apology, Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle told the court he didn't believe she was remorseful.
According to the Zanesville Times-Recorder, Fleegle pointed to evidence that Weaver texted the man she believed was the father of the child after placing her outside. "Taken care of," she was accused of telling the man.
"That does not show or verbalize any type of remorse," Fleegle said. "That was probably the most truthful statement you made that day... It was an inconvenience, and you took care of it."
Speaking to InsideEdition.com, Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox said Weaver's letter actually harmed the case for a lighter sentence.
"We feel like justice is served. The defendant was so lacking in genuine remorse," he said. "She was completely unable to take responsibility for her actions."
Other factors, Haddox said, were the letters written by "collateral victims" in the case, including the sorority sisters who discovered the baby's body.