Muskingum U. student arrested after baby found in trash bag

Emile L. Weaver

MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH)-Just hours old, someone stuffed a newborn baby girl into a trash bag and left her out in the elements to die outside a sorority house at Muskingum University.

Officials say that someone was her mother, 20 year old Emile L. Weaver.

The crime happened on April 22 and by July 22 Weaver was arrested near her home in Clarington after a grand jury indictment.

The county Prosecutor says Weaver is being held on a one million dollar bond for aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, and mishandling or mistreating a dead body.

If found guilty of the first count she could serve a life sentence without parole.

The father of the child has been identified but officials are not releasing his name.

Prosecutors say no one else will be charged in this case.

This tragedy marks the second time a baby’s body was discovered on the Muskingum University campus even though young mothers in distress have options.

“There are agencies out there to help them make informed decisions,” shared Eric Waltemire the Fire Chief at the Zanesville Fire Department.

One option is pregnancy distress centers like Heartbeats located in Muskingum and Licking Counties.

Another option is the Safe Havens Law.

“There’s no questions asked you don’t have to give your name, who you are or anything else,” Michael Haddox explained.

He serves as the Prosecuting Attorney for Muskingum County.

The Safe Havens law allows a parent to legally drop their newborn at law enforcement agencies, hospitals, children services agencies even fire stations without penalty as long as someone is there to accept the child.

“I would encourage these young ladies not to be ashamed. To go seek that guidance and get the help they need,” Waltemire said.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports that 78 newborn babies have been turned over to officials through the Safe Havens program since 2002.

Allowing those infants a chance at bright futures.

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