Student who left newborn to die in trash can at Texas dorm gets 5 years in prison | Crime

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Natalie Annell Weaver of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. 

In exchange, she was sentenced to five years in state prison for the manslaughter charge and 400 days for abusing a corpse, the Ellis County district attorney’s office said.

The sentences will run concurrently. 

Waxahachie police were called April 17, 2018, to a dormitory on the Southwestern Assembly of God University Campus for a welfare check. Someone had reported that Weaver, a student, may have given birth to a baby in the dorm. 

When officers arrived they found wet and dried blood in multiple locations and the body of a baby girl in a plastic bag in a trash can, the district attorney’s office said. 

Weaver denied giving birth to the baby. But police said evidence showed that she had delivered the girl, who was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, in a dorm bathroom and did not ask for medical assistance, officials said. 

A grand jury indicted Weaver, 21, on the charges in October. 

“This was a horrific and inhumane crime. A precious newborn was literally thrown in the garbage by her own mother,” Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said in a written statement. “It’s both shocking and mind-boggling. And it didn’t have to happen.”

Wilson said Weaver could have taken the child to a designated haven, such as a hospital or fire station. 

“She would have avoided prosecution and, more importantly, her baby girl would probably still be alive,” he said. 

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