Ben Johnson


Woman accused of giving birth in toilet, throwing baby girl’s body in dumpster denied bail

Ben Johnson

RICHMOND, VA, September 25, 2013 ( – A woman whom police say gave birth to a baby in a toilet, then threw the child's body in a dumpster will not receive bail.

Shavaughn Robinson, 27, is facing felony murder charges for allegedly asphyxiating her baby girl on Tuesday, May 28 inside the Lee Medical Building, where she worked.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Clarence N. Jenkins Jr. initially set Robinson's bond at $25,000 but reversed himself on Monday.

Virginia authorities say that after Robinson gave birth in the latrine, she placed the newborn in the restroom trash can, heaped paper towels on top of the body, then cinched the bag and tossed it into the trash dumpster behind the building.

Cleaning staff said they heard a baby crying and saw Robinson cleaning up blood, but Robinson replied that she had been sick.

“Her only concern was cleaning up her mess,” said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Janae Craddock.

An autopsy shows the baby had oxycodone in her system. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Christine Cestaro also found the child had been fathered by someone other than Robinson's boyfriend.

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She will face a trial beginning on April 28.

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