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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- The grandmother of the newborn found dead in a toilet over the weekend is charged with first-degree murder.

Angela Small, 41, was brought into the courtroom handcuffed in a wheelchair before being charged Thursday in a Dinwiddie courtroom during her daughter's hearing.

Devin Monique Small

Devin Monique Small

Devin Monique Small, 22, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday.

Deputies were called to a home along the 18000 block of Namozine Rd. early Saturday morning after Small gave birth in the bathroom.

“Upon arrival deputies located the mother, and the baby was still in the toilet,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson wrote in a media advisory. “The baby was deceased upon arrival.”

As Devin Small's family left the courthouse Thursday, her father defended the first-degree murder charge she is facing.

"Only thing I know is that she was a good girl. She did good in school. She kept her mind to it. She never acted out or nothing,” said George Jackson, Devin’s father, when asked if he knew about the pregnancy. "The family didn't know. I didn't know.... I'm her Dad...that's all I got to say right now.”

Small's friend said he believed Small was keeping her pregnancy a secret from her parents.

Law enforcement sources said there were at least three other women inside the house at the time of the child's birth. Each failed to remove the newborn from danger, the sources said.

CBS 6 Legal Analyst Todd Stone says prosecutors will look into 911 and police records in this case. And since Devin Small was silent about her pregnancy, Stone believes prosecutors will go after that too.

"Maybe she wanted to hide it from people because she didn't want the pregnancy. And that could go a long way towards showing that there was premeditation that this was a pre-planned event to make it look like an accident,” said Stone.

Todd Stone said prosecutors could also go after other family members who were in the home to testify against the mother and daughter.

Both mother and daughter are due back in court Nov. 19.


  • Glen Allen

    Hmmm, when Syria murders its innocent children, we are ready and eager to send our troops half way around the world to kill the perpetrators and anyone that gets in the way. How much you want to bet this lady gets less than 10 years in prison? Sure, I know, all kind of stories will come out with the intent of making us feel sorry for her, like, maybe her father sexually abused her, the mother was aware and did nothing, bla, bla, bla. BUT, at the end of the day, what this woman is being accused of is far worse than what went on in Syria, because it was her own kid, and she had many options available to her. If this woman is convicted of murdering the innocent, defenseless child, she deserves nothing less than death.

  • kmw

    its not a republican democrat thing but some dumb republican would say that…..its a shame for that little baby who never got a chance and for no one to have bothered to remove the child from the toilet and attempt to protect it from harm, or even if it was too late and the baby was already deceased….why did no one make an attempt to remove the child from the toilet?? Again, this is a horrible tragedy for that baby and anyone in that home who realized what was going on and did nothing should be charged!!! Awful, beyond awful!!

  • Norma Earls

    There’s something hinky about this whole story. Was this a miscarriage or actual birth? Did Miss Small perhaps THINK she miscarried or tell her mother she miscarried? Why was a 911 call placed if this was a premeditated act? So far, no evidence has been released showing that either of these women are such a grave threat to public safety that they should be locked up w/o bond.

  • east ender

    For all we know, she could have kept her pregnancy a secret because she was afraid of disappointing her parents or didn’t want to identify the father. Don’t get me wrong, there is no excuse for what happened in the home (no attempts to save the baby). As both a mother & grandmother, the whole story turns my stomach. I couldn’t imagine walking away from a child in the toilet and doing nothing at all. Also, everything that happens is NOT political. People of all races/nationalities, political parties & religions have both good and bad people. We need to stay on the subject here – which is the death of an innocent child who deserved so much more than they got.

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