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Richmond mother pleads not guilty to murder

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-28 17:20:10-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Shavaugh Robinson plead not guilty to first degree murder in Circuit Court Monday morning.  Robinson is accused of leaving her new born daughter in a dumpster on Monument Avenue shortly after the child's birth; a janitor discovered the body.

ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

ShaVaughn Robinson (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Robinson appeared in court subtly dressed as the defense and prosecution began jury selection.  Shortly after her initial court appearance, Robinson's family said they did not know she was pregnant and were "shocked" by the allegations.

In a pretrial motion, the defense amended the indictment to refer to the child originally called "baby Robinson" also as "Angel."

The trial is scheduled to last three days.