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Richmond woman found guilty of murdering newborn

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After a four-day trial, a Richmond woman is found guilty of murdering her newborn baby.

27-year-old Shavaughn Robinson gave birth to a baby girl last May, wrapped her in a plastic bag, then threw her in a Monument Avenue dumpster. The baby, born alive, later died of asphyxiation.

After deliberating for more than eight hours, the jury found Robinson guilty of second-degree murder, not of first-degree murder, which she was charged with. 

The jury recommended that she spend seven years in jail. She will been formally sentenced by the judge at a later date.

NBC12 approached Robinson's family after court let out shortly after 12:30a.m. Friday but they declined an interview. The attorneys couldn't speak due to a gag order.

For three days, jurors listened to testimony from witnesses and experts. Defense attorneys put on evidence to prove an insanity defense.

Shavaughn Robinson's fiancé, who was not the father of this baby, had described financial and family issues the two were dealing with back in May when this incident happened. He said he did not know she was pregnant.

The psychiatrists differed on diagnoses. An expert flown in from Los Angeles by the defense said Robinson suffers from a disorder known as "pervasive pregnancy denial," which, while complicated, essentially means Robinson dissociated with the idea of being pregnant.

A prosecution expert, however, says the mother had ADHD, anxiety and depression. A jail psychiatrist also described the moment Robinson told her why she was incarcerated. When she recalled putting the newborn in the trash, she laughed. The doctor described that as "a very chilling moment."

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