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Baby Suffered More Than 90 Fractures, Including Cracked Skull, Before Dying, Leading To Charges Against Parents
"Baby Jazmine fell victim to the very people who were supposed to protect her the most in this world,” said District Attorney Kim Ogg in laying out the charges against Jason Robin and Katharine White.
An autopsy revealed that a severely injured infant had suffered more than 90 fractures and a cracked skull before she died, leading to the arrest of her allegedly abusive parents.
Jason Paul Robin of Houston, Texas was arrested and charged with murder on Monday following the death of his baby daughter Jazmine Robin. Katharine Wyndham White, the girl's mother and Robin's fiancée, was arrested the following morning and charged with injury to a child by omission. An autopsy revealed the girl had suffered 96 fractures including two fractures to the skull, five contusions to the face and 10 on her scalp, bruising on the torso, and 71 rib fractures and 23 long-bone fractures, indicating breaks to the arm or leg bones.
Baby Jazmine was prematurely born on July 3, 2018. She was taken to the Pearland Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on July 14 — less than two weeks later — because of the injuries. Doctors there noted that Jazmine had arrived at the hospital with "clearly inflicted head trauma" and called the police.
Robin had told investigators that the baby had "started acting weird and went limp" before he took the child to a medical facility, according to court records obtained by KPRC of Houston, Texas. He said he had successfully attempted to resuscitate her using CPR — which is what he said caused the bruised ribs — before she began acting strange again. He claims he called his fiancée who also observed the child behaving abnormally. They both waited several days before deciding to take her to the hospital.
A pediatrician had previously advised the couple to take the child to a hospital several days prior, but his suggestion was ignored, according to the Washington Post.
Jazmine died one day after she arrived at the hospital.
A roommate of Robin's told the court that he had noticed blood on the baby's rocker.
“He was told that this blood came from the baby’s tongue, and he thought it was too much blood to come from the baby’s tongue,” court documents state.
Robin had admitted to getting angry with the baby after hearing her cry, but said he would never strike her, as she was too "beautiful," according to court documents.
District Attorney Kim Ogg explained why he brought charges against the parents.
“The evidence shows that Baby Jazmine fell victim to the very people who were supposed to protect her the most in this world,” Ogg said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. “After a full and thorough investigation of the facts, we have filed charges, and will seek justice for young Jazmine.”
Prosecutors believe Robin had struck Jazmine several times, including with a blunt object, and shook her severely.
Virginia White, the baby's grandmother, described the situation as "heartbreaking" but did not believe her daughter had anything to do with the killing.
“Whatever she had to endure sounds just horrific,” White told Fox 26 of Houston, Texas. “It’s really hard to wrap your head around it. Somebody needs to be held liable for this precious baby’s death but I don’t think [Katherine] has anything to do with it at all.”
The status of Robin's and White's legal representation is unclear.
Texas Child Protective Services have removed two other children from the couple’s home, according to CBS 11 of Grapevine, Texas.