Baby Dies After Mom Gives Birth in Toilet, Throws Her in Dumpster

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 5, 2013   |   12:24PM   |   Richmond, VA

Last week, 27-year-old Shavaughn Robinson of Richmond, Virginia gave birth to a baby in a toilet and later threw the child in the dumpster. Now, Robinson was indicted today on one count of first-degree murder after the baby died.

A grand jury indicted Robinson on the charge this morning in the death of her daughter.

The Richmond Times Dispatch Newspaper has more details on what happened:

The child’s body was found May 28 in a plastic trash bag in a Dumpster behind the Lee Medical Building on Monument Avenue in the Fan District.

Authorities say Robinson gave birth to the child in a bathroom inside the building, where the mother worked, on the afternoon of May 28. A janitor found the child that evening in the trash bin in an alley behind the building.

Relatives of Robinson said they had no idea she was pregnant until news spread that the dead child had been found.

Robinson was arrested last week on a felony charge of concealing a body and had been held without bond on that charge.



This incident follows one in Pennsylvania. A teenage girl from Pennsylvania who gave birth in her high school bathroom to a baby who was approximately 27-29 weeks old and tried to flush it down the toiler has been released.

Cherlie LaFleur, a 19-year-old McCaskey East High School student, initially tried to flush the baby’s body down the toilet and, when that didn’t work, she placed the baby in the trash can and left.

She was charged with concealing the death of a child but a news report reveals she has been released.