A former Muskingum University student charged in the death of her newborn baby was in court Wednesday morning for a competency/sanity hearing. The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office says that 21-year-old Emile Weaver of Clarington, Ohio went before Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle who determined that Weaver is competent to stand trial and was sane at the time of the alleged offenses. The evaluation of Weaver took place at the Cambridge Forensic Center of District Nine. Weaver faces multiple charges including aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. On April 22nd of 2015 the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by University Police requesting assistance with a report of a newborn baby found dead on campus. The Muskingum County Coroner ruled the baby was alive at birth and authorities reported finding the baby in a tightly closed plastic bag in a trash receptacle. The Coroner later ruled the cause of death as asphyxiation. The Prosecutor’s Office says with the ruling the case will proceed according to law.
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