Mother accused of fatally shaking girl is indicted

Date: 2008-12-09

Ashlee Clark

WINCHESTER — A mother accused of shaking her 4-year-old daughter to death has been indicted by a Clark County grand jury.

Jessilyn C. Robinson, 34, is charged with murder in the death of Faith Raeanne Robinson, who died May 29. Investigators have said Robinson told paramedics that Faith had fallen in the bathtub.

The grand jury indicted Robinson on Thursday. A court date has not yet been set, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Johnson.

Robinson was arrested Sept. 25 and has since been held in the Clark County jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

Robinson told paramedics May 28 that Faith fell in the bathtub at her McClure Road home, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue has said. Faith was first taken to Clark Regional Medical Center and then to University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, where she died the next day. Doctors said the injuries were inconsistent with a fall, Perdue said.

Because Faith had no outward injuries, sheriff's deputies waited until they received an autopsy report before they arrested Robinson in September. The medical examiner stated that Faith had sustained a subdural hematoma — a traumatic brain injury — and retinal hemorrhaging, which indicated that she had been shaken violently, Perdue said.

Ashlee Clark covers Clark County for the Herald-Leader. Reach her at (859) 626-5878.


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