January 4, 2011
Chesterfield Police have arrested and charged Robin Imani Varner with second degree murder for the death of her five month-old daughter.
Rescuers were called to the home. Neighbors say the police and ambulance crews were there for hours.
Initially, police told CBS 6 that they believed the baby died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.
However, search warrants obtained by CBS 6 contradict those initial claims.
According to the documents the child was unresponsive when rescuers arrived.
Rescuers started CPR and transported the child to Chippenham hospital where the baby was pronounced dead.
Police were also informed by ER doctors that, “there was an unusual amount of blood associated with this infant and it was not consistent with a Sudden Infant Death case.”
The paperwork also details what investigators saw at the Rockridge home. It says the residence was "disheveled" and "unkept". They say they found drugs and alcohol in the room next door and that the infant was sleeping on a mattress on the floor with nothing more than pillows to keep the child from rolling off.
They also observed a bed frame over the baby's sleep space and believed it could easily fall on the child if moved.
There are no names mentioned in the warrant.
Varner is currently being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.