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Winchester mom’s murder case goes to grand jury


Ashlee Clark

WINCHESTER — The case of a Winchester mother who has been charged with murder in the death of her 4-year-old daughter was waived Wednesday to a grand jury.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Jessilyn C. Robinson, 34, appeared in Clark District Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Robinson was arrested Sept. 25, accused of killing her adopted daughter, Faith Raeanne Robinson, who died of a closed-head injury on May 29.

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

Because Faith had no outward injuries, deputies with the sheriff’s department waited until they received the official medical examiner’s report on her autopsy before arresting Robinson on Sept. 25.

The medical examiner’s report stated that Faith had suffered a subdural hematoma — a traumatic brain injury — and retinal hemorrhaging, which indicated that she had been shaken violently, Perdue said.

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