Mother competent for trial in baby’s death

Diva Robinson. (December 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids woman charged with manslaughter in the August 2013 death of her baby son has been found competent to stand trial.

Diva Robinson’s 5-month-old son Jaiven Tyler was found dead of asphyxiation on Aug. 21. Grand Rapids police say Robinson left him sleeping on the floor while she went out. Police say the baby rolled over onto a plastic bag and suffocated.

There was an adult in the house at the time, according to police, but that person did not realize the other adults had left.

Robinson, 19, was in jail when the baby was discovered dead. She had been arrested a few hours earlier for driving with a suspended license.

She was charged with involuntary manslaughter in December.

Robinson was found competent to stand trial during a Monday hearing. A status conference has been set for July 28, after which a trial date will be set.

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