A former college student convicted of killing her newborn daughter was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, according to reports.
Prosecutors said that Emile Weaver, now 21, was attending Muskingum University when she gave birth in the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house. She discarded of the infant in the trash, where the baby later died of asphyxiation, according to the Associated Press. Weaver was convicted of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
In the trial, the judge accused Weaver of not being remorseful of the death, which is why he went with a harsher sentence. “[Judge Mark] Fleegle referred to text messages from Weaver sent afterward to the man she thought was the baby’s father that said, ‘No more baby,’ followed by ‘taken care of,'” the AP reported.
Weaver testified that she thought the baby was already dead before placing it in the trash. According to PEOPLE, she “cried as she read a letter to [the court] before her sentencing, during which she apologized for her crime.” She also claimed to have been in denial about the pregnancy.
“I ask God for forgiveness, and today, all I can do is ask for all of yours,” Weaver said.