Texas Parents Charged After 2-Month-Old Daughter Dies With 96 Fractures, Cops Say

An autopsy report allegedly describes the infant's brain as “markedly liquefied.”

September 05, 2019
Mug shots of James Robin Jr. and Katharine White [Houston Police Department]

Photo by: Mug shots of James Robin Jr. and Katharine White [Houston Police Department]

Mug shots of James Robin Jr. and Katharine White [Houston Police Department]

By: Mike McPadden

A Texas grand jury has reportedly indicted two Houston parents on upgraded murder charges in connection to the 2018 death of their two-month-old daughter. Authorities allege the infant died with 96 fractures to her head and body.

In June 2019, Jason Robin Jr., 24, was charged with murder and Katharine White, 21, was charged with injury to a child by omission, according to KMOV-4. The charges were reportedly related to the death of their infant daughter, Jazmine Rose Robin.

On Tuesday, a grand jury reportedly upgraded the charges. Robin now faces capital murder and White faces a count of murder.

An autopsy on Jazmine Rose allegedly revealed she had two cracks in her skull, 71 fractures on her ribs, and 23 throughout the rest of her body. The autopsy also noted the baby's brain was "markedly liquefied," according to Houston's KHOU News.

Court documents cited by Houston's KTRK-TV state Jazmine was born prematurely. But after several weeks in the hospital, she was deemed healthy enough to go home on July 3, 2018.

On July 14, Robin and White reportedly took Jazmine to Pearland Memorial Hermann Hospital with "clearly inflicted head trauma." Jazmine reportedly died the next day.

Investigators who spoke to the parents at that time allegedly noted Robin and White mentioned occasions when Jazmine "wouldn't take a bottle or acted weird," KTRK-TV reported.

Court documents allegedly claim Robin and White said Jazmine stopped breathing and they performed CPR on her about a week before she died.

A roommate is reportedly quoted in the documents saying he told the parents to take the baby to a hospital, but they refused. A pediatrician allegedly said he also advised Robin and White to bring Jazmine to a hospital, but he said they showed "no interest," according to court documents.

The couple's older son is reportedly now in foster care. Katharine White purportedly gave birth to another daughter after Jazmine's death. That child is said to be in the care of Robin's parents.

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