WHITE PLAINS, NY and YONKERS, NY — March 16, 2017 — Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017th announced that Blair Robinson (DOB 05/06/91) of 44 Maple Avenue, Apartment 2-B, Yonkers, New York was arraigned on an indictment before Judge Barbara Zambelli and charged with:
• one count of Murder in the Second Degree, Depraved Indifference Murder of a Child, a class “A-1” Felony,
• one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
• two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” Misdemeanor
in connection with an investigation into the death of his toddler son Alex Robinson (DOB 02/01/14) and the living environment that was discovered in their home.
On December 24, 2016 at approximately 8:14 p.m., defendant Blair Robinson walked into the emergency room at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers carrying his 2-year-old son and reported to the staff that the child was not breathing. Hospital personnel observed that the child was lifeless and had no pulse. Hospital personnel were never able to revive the child and he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:25 p.m.
Although it was not readily apparent what caused the child’s death, hospital personnel did observe bruises on his back and notified the Yonkers Police Department. When police went to the victim’s home following the child’s death, they located his mother, Kenya Reed and they also discovered the deceased victim’s 10 month old sister in a bedroom where she lay in a cold room on a mattress with no sheets, a bottle of curdled milk beside her. The child was dirty and suffering from a terrible diaper rash. The apartment was filthy and unsanitary and rodent droppings were all over kitchen surfaces. Bugs flew around inside the refrigerator. The infant female was sent to Westchester Medical Center for follow-up care, both parents were interviewed and the investigation continued pending the results of an autopsy. At that time, Robinson minimized his conduct and stated he only hit the child one time on his buttocks.
When the autopsy was conducted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office, it was determined that Alex died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head and his torso and that he had hemorrhages in his brain and internal organs. Approximately nine marks on his back appeared to have been pattern injuries caused by some kind of instrument that he had been repeatedly struck with.
When the police located Blair Robinson again on December 27, 2016, he admitted to police that he had kicked, whipped and beaten the child in his head and torso earlier in the afternoon of December 24, 2016, and that following the beating he had inflicted, he had taken a nap and then gone to work for approximately 90 minutes, before finally returning to his house at 44 Maple Avenue to retrieve his son and bring him to the emergency room. Robinson was arrested following that interview and charged with his son’s homicide.
Robinson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He has been remanded without bail to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.
If convicted, Blair Robinson faces a possible sentence of twenty five years to life in state prison on the most serious charge of murder in the second degree.
Robinson’s next court date is March 28, 2017.
This case is being prosecuted by Second Deputy District Attorney Fredric Green, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and Assistant District Attorney Joyce Miller also of the Special Prosecutions Division.
In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.