Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

June 6, 2013

Va woman faces murder charge in newborn’s death

RICHMOND, Va. —  A Richmond woman accused of leaving her newborn daughter in a trash bin has been charged with first-degree murder.

Media outlets report that a grand jury indicted 27-year-old ShaVaughn Robinson on Wednesday. She was arraigned Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court.

Authorities say a janitor found the infant’s body in a plastic trash bag in a trash bin on May 28.

Richmond prosecutor Janae Craddock says the infant died from asphyxiation.

Robinson’s lawyer, supervising public defender Po Chau, declined to discuss the case in detail. But she disputed claims made in court on Monday that Robinson had said: “I don’t want people thinking I killed that baby for nothing.” She told the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16MZUlp) her client never made that statement.

Robinson continues to be held with no bond.

She cried during Thursday’s court appearance, as she had earlier in the week.

“Like any normal person charged with murder, clearly, it’s a shock,” Chau said.

Robinson also is charged with concealing with a body. A preliminary hearing on that charge is set for June 12 in Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

 

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