Woman who threw baby away at sorority says she was in denial

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former college student accused of murder for giving birth in a sorority house bathroom and disposing of the child in a trash bag testified Friday that she was in denial about her pregnancy and thought the baby was dead.

Emile (EHM’-uh-lee) Weaver, who initially told investigators she didn’t know she was pregnant, testified at her aggravated murder trial in Zanesville. She told jurors she denied being pregnant when asked by members of her Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum University — and continued to deny it herself.

“I said ‘no’ so many times that in my mind, none of this was happening,” she said, testifying that she didn’t even look at the pregnancy test results that the campus health clinic had sent her.

Weaver, now 21, is accused of putting the infant girl in a trash bag and leaving her outside the sorority house in April 2015. The baby’s body was found outside the house. Authorities say the child died from asphyxiation after being put in the bag, but Weaver testified that she thought the baby was dead.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but a judge ruled that she was mentally competent to stand trial.

Hours after disposing of the baby, she texted the man she thought was the father and said “no more baby” and the situation had been “taken care of.”

She told him she had gone into labor the night before, but the baby died of complications.

Weaver also is charged with abuse of a corpse and two counts of tampering with evidence. If convicted of aggravated murder, she could be sentenced to life in prison.