An Ohio college student is accused of killing her newborn daughter after she allegedly placed her in a plastic bag before throwing her away in a trash can outside of her sorority house on April 22.
Emile Weaver, 20, was a student at Muskingum University in Zanesville, Ohio, when she allegedly suffocated her child to death shortly after giving birth. She then placed the baby outside of the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house near the campus, reports The Columbus Dispatch.
Law enforcement officials began questioning her hours after her child was killed, reports Daily Mail. Officials arrested Weaver who is being held on $1 million bail.
She was indicted on July 22 for aggravated murder and the abuse of a corpse. She was also charged with two counts of tampering with evidence.
She faces life in prison for her crimes.
“It’s extremely hurtful,” said director of Muskingum County Children Services, Dave Boyer. “What a hurtful tragedy to think that a newborn could be given a chance at a healthy, stable life by doing nothing more than saying, ‘I can’t do this. Can you take her?’ It’s breathtakingly tragic.”
In 2001, Ohio implemented a Safe Haven law, which means mothers are allowed to leave a baby at a fire station, hospital or with a police officer within 30 days of the child being born. Mothers are then protected from prosecution from the law as long as the child was not abused.
This incident marks the second time a mother abandoned a newborn child in a trash can at the university. Previously, Jennifer Bryant wrapped her newborn son in a blanket before throwing him away on campus. She pleaded guilty in 2003, claiming the baby was a stillborn, and served six months in prison.
“There has been a lot of discussion within our community as to why this situation happened twice at the same institute of higher learning,” Boyer said. “What are we doing wrong, and what do we need to do differently because it is intolerable to think that babies need to lose their lives. We have to respond boldly and demonstrably. And we will.”
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