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Bail denied to woman accused of discarding newborn in dumpster

by | Sep 26, 2013

By Dave Andrusko


Shavaughn Robinson

On Monday Richmond Circuit Court judge Judge Clarence N. Jenkins Jr. reversed himself and denied bail to Shavaughn Robinson, accused of giving birth to a baby in an office building in Richmond, Virginia, and then discarding the infant in a dumpster behind the Lee Medical Building. Robinson, 27, faces a charge of first degree murder.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christine Cestaro said the baby died of asphyxiation. “Cestaro has said that during the autopsy, a large amount of air was found in the baby’s stomach, indicating the girl had been breathing and crying,” according to Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Reed Williams. “A cleaning woman who saw the mother on her knees in the bathroom that day has said she also heard a baby crying, her supervisor said in an interview.” A janitor found the baby girl that night and called police.

At a hearing last Friday Judge Jenkins granted Robinson $24,000 bail, a decision the prosecution quickly said they would appeal and also filed a motion asking Jenkins to reconsider his bail ruling. “Prosecutors noted that Jenkins had refused to grant Robinson bail at a hearing in June,” Williams reported.

Robinson’s trial is set for April 28-30, 2014.

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