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RICHMOND, Va. — On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Shavaughn Robinson to prison for five years.

Police arrested her in May 2013, after she gave birth to a baby girl at her job, and then wrapped her in a plastic bag and left her in a nearby dumpster off Monument Avenue. The baby, found by a janitor, died.

During her trial a psychiatrist testified that Robinson has multiple personalities.

Shortly after her initial court appearance, Robinson’s family said they did not know she was pregnant and were “shocked” by the allegations.

Robinson herself claimed she thought she had given birth to a purple baby doll. She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A jury convicted Robinson of second-degree murder at her trial last month.

The jury recommended she be sentenced to seven years in prison.


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