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ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — After a long deliberation a jury found decided the fate of theĀ Richmond mother accused of killing her newborn baby girl and leaving her body in a dumpster.

ShaVaughn Robinson was found guilty of second-degree murder and the jury recommended seven years, according to the defense attorney.

ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

The jury received their instructions from the judge and the defense and prosecution presented their closing arguments in ShaVaughn Robinson’sĀ murder trial Thursday.

Much of the testimony Wednesday centered around Robinson’s mental stability as several psychologists described their encounters with the defendant after they evaluated her.

They assessed Robinson’s condition after she was arrested and charged with killing her newborn and putting the infant in a dumpster at her job.

The jury heard one psychiatrist explain how Robinson admitted to having multiple personalities who would control her at various times.

A defense witness, Dr. Diana Barnes who flew in from Los Angeles, explained she diagnosed Robinson with post-traumatic stress disorder, likely associated with teen sexual abuse that Robinson suffered.

Dr. Barnes told the jury Robinson also suffered from pregnancy denial.

In court jury members learned that during Robinson’s first pregnancy with her son she did not know she was having a baby until 27 weeks into the pregnancy.

As Robinson looked on, stoic and at times with a glazed sleepy look, another psychiatrist who works at Richmond city Jail explained that Robinson told her she was in jail because she had a baby.

When the doctor asked how that would land her in jail, she said Robinson explained that she threw her baby girl in a dumpster and laughed as she told the story.

The doctor told the jury, “It was a bit of a chilling moment for me.”

Stay with CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for updates on this developing story.

16 comments

  • kyle

    7 years for a life,nice.Jury I hope you sleep well and good things happen for you.If this was a white women and killed her baby she would’ve got no less then 20-life.Glad to see the system is working now

  • kyle

    oh and since wtvr decided to close comments on the little kid that was said to be killed by a white mail,I will comment here.I knew this story was bull and it just shows black kids are taught racism against whites at a early age.The aunt spread her racist junk.Shame on the media for listening and going along with it.

  • Pearl taylor

    Historically black people are given lessor time for killing another black person if you were paying attention. Also why the dicussion about whether the assailant was black or white a young life was taken, let’s find out who did it. Stop judging.

  • Laura

    ANYBODY WITH ANY SENSE KNOWS THAT BLACK PEOPLE GET MORE TIME FOR IDENTICAL CRIMES WHITE PEOPLE COMMIT! IF THIS WAS A WHITE WOMAN SHE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN LESS TIME OR NO TIME….PROBABLY JUST PROBATION, TIME SUSPENDED……CASEY ANTHONY…..SO, KYLE, GO COMMENT UNDER THE WHITE TEEN THEY JUST GOT FOR PLANNING TO KILL HIS PARENTS AND BOMB HIS SCHOOL.

    athynz, they did confirm that after further investigation it was a black teen who they have in custody.

    • athynz

      I missed the update to that story when I commented to kyle. I’m glad they got the POS who beat that young man to death – and I use the term young man because he did the right thing by trying to defend his sister.

    • sw

      That is totally not true Laura. You need to do more research. Young black man hits and kills teenage girl on Broad Street as she is walking home from work and kills her. He is driving on a suspended license and runs from the scene. He is only caught because he has another accident later. Most of his sentence is suspended by the Judge. Then we have the white man who hit the girl on the bicycle who got a number of years in prison. You are truly wrong about how punishment is given out in this country nowadays. I am taking it that you feel that 7 years is more than appropriate for the life of a newborn today. As for Casey Anthony, she got no time because she was not convicted. Sort of like OJ Simpson got no time for murdering two white people. I’m tired of people who murder children just getting a slap on the wrist because the most innocent people in this world don’t seem to be worth anything to the courts in this country.

      • Laura

        I’m not talking about people who got let off. … clearly oj had his celebrity and money. I’m taking about time served differences for equal crimes. Like I said, anyone with sense knows what I said is true. I’m not saying her sentence was the right one, I was directing my comment at the person who said if she was white she would’ve gotten more time. She was 100% wrong and shouldve gotten life like other people who murder in my opinion.

  • James Johnson

    Im not defending wht she did but im glad tht they seen tht her mental state played a part in all of it and to the jury Im glad they took ther time the crime was bad no doubt but look at urself and say 8f tht was me and I was g9ing threw who would be on my side

  • reeltime

    Even prisoners have a code of conduct and they abhor baby killers. Justice will be served in time.

  • Carol

    Please tie & take out this ignorant girls tubes so she will never have another baby ever !! She’ll come out with a girlfriend

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