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Couple Arrested After 2-Year-Old Son's Body, Nearly Completely Covered in Injuries, Found in Trash: Prosecutor

Nevada Couple Arrested After 2-Year-Old Son Found Dead in Dumpster: Cops
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Jacoby Robinson Jr. was reported missing, but then authorities say they found his body in a dumpster one day later.

Jun. 13 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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Police say a couple in Nevada has been arrested after they allegedly killed their 2-year-old son, whose body was discovered in a dumpster.

According to court documents obtained by KSNV, Jacoby Robinson Jr. was reported missing on June 6. The following day, cops said they found his remains several blocks from his Las Vegas home.

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The boy’s father, 24-year-old Jacoby Robinson, allegedly told police that the boy had been beaten and he cleaned vomit out of his nose and mouth before he went back to sleep.

Court documents claim the toddler also had “very concerning injuries,” including a pattern of abrasions in his genital area consisting of banding from rubber bands that were found in Robinson and Diaja Smith’s home.

Prosecutors said the toddler had injuries to nearly 100% of his body, allegedly from being whipped with a cord.

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According to witnesses, Smith, 23, was seen with her two other children near the dumpster where her son was found around the time of his disappearance.

A resident told KVVU, “I saw a lady sitting there with her two other kids, really hysterical, saying, ‘Somebody took my kid, somebody took my kid.’”

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Both parents were arrested, police said. Smith was charged with open murder and child abuse, while Robinson was charged with child abuse, but prosecutors said he will also be charged with open murder, KLAS reported.

Autopsy results determining the boy's exact cause of death are pending.

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