Mom Discards Baby In Dumpster After Delivering In Bathroom?

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Shavaughn Robinson virginiaA Richmond, Va., woman has been arrested after she allegedly gave birth to her baby in a bathroom and tossed it in a trash bag, leaving it to die.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Shavaughn Robinson gave birth to a baby girl last Tuesday in the restroom of an office building, where she works as a message therapist. After giving birth to the child, Robinson allegedly threw the girl in a trash bag, covered her with toilet tissue, tied the bag closed and left it in a nearby dumpster. A janitor found the baby that evening.

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The newborn did not survive. 

Robinson was charged with felony concealment of a dead body; additional charges are possible.

A judge from the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court set Robinson’s bond at $10,000. The prosecution preferred that Robinson be held without bond and plans to appeal the decision. Another bond hearing could be held this week in Richmond Circuit Court.

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Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Janae Craddock said Robinson was seen cleaning up blood in the bathroom. A janitor who works at the building said Robinson claimed to be suffering from stomach problems.

“Her only concern was cleaning up her mess,” Craddock said.

WTVR-6 interviewed Robinson’s uncle recently. Going only by “Mr. Robinson,” the uncle told reporters that he saw a television report of a woman being arrested for killing her baby but had no idea it was his niece. He described her as a hard-working woman who held down two jobs while taking care of her 4-year-old son. Mr. Robinson says he had no idea his niece was pregnant.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the baby girl’s death a homicide.

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