Pennsylvania Mother Faces Murder Charges After Tragic Hot Car Death of 3-Month-Old
West Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania – October 7, 2023: In a heart-wrenching incident, a Pennsylvania woman, Emily Weaver, is now facing murder charges following the tragic death of her three-month-old daughter, who was found locked inside a scorching vehicle on a day when temperatures soared above 80 degrees. This disturbing incident, detailed in court documents, has sent shockwaves through the community.
The horrifying discovery was made by the child’s stepfather, who stumbled upon the lifeless body of the infant outside Weaver’s residence. The child’s identity remains undisclosed in the documents. The official cause of death, as stated in the affidavit and confirmed by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, was “environmental exposure,” primarily asphyxia resulting from hypothermia.
When found, the infant was beyond saving, as the car’s doors and windows were tightly shut, and the vehicle was directly exposed to the scorching sunlight. Consequently, Emily Weaver has been charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and child endangerment.
According to the arrest affidavit, it was Weaver’s stepfather and another individual who went to her home after realizing that her children had not been picked up from school as expected. Upon arrival, they found Weaver in an unconscious state. Upon regaining consciousness, she was unable to provide any information about the whereabouts of her 3-month-old daughter. This prompted a frantic search, which ultimately led to the stepfather’s grim discovery inside the car seat.
During her interrogation by authorities, Weaver claimed to have no recollection of her actions after returning home from dropping her children off at school. She allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine on multiple occasions in the days leading up to the incident and confessed to hiding drugs within her residence.
Ryan Paraschos, identified as the father of two of Weaver’s children, recounted that when he spoke with her on the morning of the tragedy, she appeared “incoherent.” Adding to the complexity of the case, the affidavit reveals Weaver’s prior guilty pleas for charges related to robbery, child endangerment, and drug offenses.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has issued a statement confirming that the investigation is ongoing, with no immediate information available regarding Weaver’s legal representation or her plea.