Emile Weaver, a former Muskingum University student accused of giving birth in her sorority house’s bathroom and disposing of her baby daughter in a trash bag, was found guilty on Friday.
The jury deliberated for just over an hour before finding Weaver, 21, guilty of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, WLWT Cincinnati reports.
According to WLWT, Weaver gave birth at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house in New Concord, Ohio, on April 22, 2015. The baby girl, who Weaver named Addison Grace, died of asphyxiation after Weaver left her wrapped in a plastic trash bag outside the house.
Although Weaver pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, the judge ruled her to be mentally competent. Weaver’s sentencing has yet to occur, but she faces life in prison for the aggravated murder charge.
During the trial, the prosecution interviewed several of Weaver’s classmates and sorority sisters, according to Southeastern Ohio’s WHIZ News.
“I saw a baby’s foot and the bottom half of the baby,” testified Madison Bates, one of the girls who found the baby in the trash bag. Bates said that another girl saw the whole baby.
“She said something along the effects that it has hair and eyes and she kind of fell to the ground,” Bates said.
Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox told the Zanesville Times Recorder that the trial’s jurors “were comfortable with their decision” and that he was pleased with the outcome.
“We feel justice has been served for Addison Grace Weaver,” Haddox said, but added that “it’s still a sad ending to a sad story.”
According to the Times Recorder, Weaver appeared “unemotional, cold and unfeeling” during the trial as her lies about the pregnancy and baby were uncovered. Weaver reportedly initially claimed that she did not know she was pregnant and that she thought her child was already dead when she threw her in the trash.
However, when cross-examined by Haddox, Weaver admitted she had known she was pregnant, took supplements and drank alcohol in an attempt to induce a miscarriage and saw the baby moving and breathing shortly after birth.
“She wanted Addison dead. That’s what she wanted. Whether it was during pregnancy or after, it didn’t matter,” Muskingum County Assistant Prosecutor Ron Welch said in his closing arguments.
Haddox added, “Murderers come in all shapes and forms, and in this case, that’s what a murderer looks like.”