Woman 'gave birth in an office toilet cubicle and put the newborn in a bag before throwing it out with the trash
A woman gave birth to a baby girl, put her in a plastic bag and threw her in a dumpster 'like common household trash', a court heard today.
Shavaughn Robinson, from Richmond, Virginia, gave birth to the baby in the bathroom of an office building last week, put the baby in the toilet bin and covered it with paper towels.
She then allegedly tied up the bag and threw it in the dumpster behind the building.
Robinson worked in the building as a massage therapist and said she was having stomach problems before going to the bathroom.
The 27-year-old was seen cleaning up blood and acting suspiciously in a bathroom stall by a cleaning crew.
The janitor found the baby's body that evening. She died of asphyxiation.
Robinson, who is charged with concealment of a dead body, told police after she was arrested: 'I don’t want people thinking I killed that baby for nothing,' according to The Times Dispatch.
It is unclear what she meant.
The baby's death has been classified as a homicide and further charges are expected to be filed.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Janae Craddock asked that she be held without bond as she was considered a flight risk.
'Her only concern was cleaning up the mess,' she told the judge.
Robinson, who is charged with concealment of a dead body, told police after she was arrested: 'I don’t want people thinking I killed that baby for nothing'
Robinson’s uncle told CBS 6 that his niece is a loving and supportive mother to her four-year-old son and works two jobs to support her family.
He said he had no idea that his niece was pregnant.
Kent Swarts, co-owner of Massage Envy where Robinson worked, said she has been working there full time since December but that she has been suspended because of her arrest.
'We did not know that she was pregnant,' Swarts said. 'She was a very nice person. She did a very good job here. We’re just really sorry to hear about this.'
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