The uncle of a woman accused of throwing her newborn in a Richmond Dumpster says he didn't know his niece was pregnant.
Police arrested ShaVaughn Robinson Wednesday on a charge of felony concealment of a body. They say she put her newborn in a Dumpster on Monument Avenue Tuesday, where a cleaning crew found it dead.
Police say the baby was born alive. They call the death a homicide and are talking to prosecutors about more possible charges. However, relatives say they are confused about Robinson's actions and weren't even aware she was pregnant.
Robinson's uncle spoke to reporters Wednesday at the house on Wentbridge Road where the 27-year-old and her 4-year-old son had been staying with him since October.
"Her thickness was just, I just assumed it was her thickness," he added. "I never looked at her and said 'you look pregnant to me.'"
Police arrested Robinson at the uncle's North Richmond home around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Police say they were able to move in on Robinson so quickly, due to help from people at the Lee Medical building, near where the body was found and where Robinson worked in one of the private offices. Robinson's uncle says she did work Tuesday and came home around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., two hours before her baby girl was found.
"I'm kind of confused right now," he said. "If she's in trouble, call somebody. We ain't got that type of family that would shut somebody out like that."
It only took detectives a few hours to identify Robinson as the mother. At this point, police won't release how the baby girl died or how old the child was when it was born.
"That is such a blatant disregard for life," said Patricia Murray, who lives across the street. "Our kids are our future and to think that someone didn't think enough! They could have left it on the step. Leave it on the doorstep; ring somebody's doorbell and runaway. That would've been a more humane way."
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