Muskingum University student pleads insanity in baby’s death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — A former Muskingum University student accused of stuffing a newborn baby girl in a trash bag has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Emile L. Weaver, 20, appeared for the first time before a judge to fight accusations that could put her in prison for life.

“Your honor. This morning I filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity as well as a plea of not guilty,” said her Defense Attorney Clayton Lopez

Though Weaver’s attorney spoke in front of a packed courtroom, he did not return NBC4’s request for an interview to share Weaver’s side of the story.

Wednesday his client was arraigned on 4 counts involving the death of her newborn daughter last spring.

The Muskingum County Coroner says the child only lived for a few hours before dying from asphyxiation.

Her body was found in a plastic bag outside Weaver’s sorority house.

Prosecutors say she acted alone but will not go into detail about who else knew she was pregnant.

“Eventually all those questions will be answered but I just cannot go into it right now,” said Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox.

Haddox says normally a suspect has the right to a speedy trial and that happens in about 90 days but in this case he said it can take even longer as they wait for those evaluation results.

Weaver is still being held on a $1 million bond in the Muskingum County Jail. If she is found guilty of the first count, she could serve a life sentence without parole. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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