Springfield woman sentenced for abandoning baby in dorm bathroom

WAXAHACHIE, Tx. A Springfield woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after she gave birth to a baby and then abandoned the baby in a dorm bathroom at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University, in Waxahachie, Texas.

Natalie Annell Weaver, 21, of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and a felony charge of abuse of a corpse for the 2018 death of her newborn daughter.

According to an article from Dallas affiliate WFAA, Waxahachie law enforcement responded to a welfare-check at Southwestern Assembly of God University dormitory on April, 17th, 2018.

The report states that Weaver gave birth to a girl in a dorm bathroom, and that the baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck. The baby was recovered from a plastic trash can inside the bathroom, and declared deceased. The baby had been wrapped in a plastic bag.

Officers say Weaver initially denied that she had given birth. Investigators found several areas with both wet and dried blood in the bathroom, and say Weaver did not seek any medical assistance for the baby.

Weaver was first indicted in October of 2018, and turned herself in around a month later.

Texas uses the Baby Moses Law which allows mothers to take unwanted babies to designated spots like fire stations or hospitals.