Sorority sister who left newborn baby to die in campus trash can gets life in prison

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Sorority Sister Gets Life In Prison For Killing Newborn After Giving Birth

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.

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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:

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FILE â In this May 11, 2016, file photo, former Muskingum University student Emile Weaver looks at an exhibit during her trial in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle sentenced Weaver to life in prison without parole Monday, June 27, 2016, after she disposed of her newborn baby in a trash bin outside the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house on campus, and a jury found her guilty May 13, 2016, of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP, Pool, File)
Emile Weaver, center, standing next to her attorney Aaron Miller, left, looks toward the gallery while addressing the court during her sentencing Monday, June 27, 2016, in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle sentenced Weaver to life in prison without parole for disposing of her newborn baby in a trash bin outside the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house on campus. Weaver, 21, was found guilty by a jury last month of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP, Pool)
Emile Weaver, center, wipes her eyes while standing next to her attorney Aaron Miller, left, during her sentencing Monday, June 27, 2016, in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle sentenced Weaver to life in prison without parole after she disposed of her newborn baby in a trash bin outside the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house on campus. Weaver, 21, was found guilty by a jury last month of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP, Pool)
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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.

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