Body of missing toddler found in dumpster with ‘very concerning injuries,’ parents charged

Diaja M. Smith and Jacoby Robinson Sr. (KVSN/YouTube screenshots) and Jacoby Robinson, Jr. (LVMPD)

Diaja M. Smith and Jacoby Robinson Sr. (KVSN/YouTube screenshots) and Jacoby Robinson, Jr. (LVMPD)

A 23-year-old mother and a 24-year-old father in Nevada have been arrested and accused of killing their 2-year-old son, who was reported missing last week before being found dead in a dumpster with bruises covering his body from head to toe.

Diaja M. Smith and Jacoby Robinson were both taken into custody and charged with one count each of open murder and child abuse in the slaying of young Jacoby Robinson, Jr., records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a news release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, officers at about 8:25 p.m. responded to a home in the 400 block of South 15th Street in regard to a report of a missing 2-year-old. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders immediately began searching for the boy — later identified as Robinson Jr.

In an Endangered Missing Juvenile notice, police said the victim was last seen alive at about 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, near the family’s Las Vegas home. He was searing a long-sleeved blue shirt, blue jeans, and blue Crocs. Police asked all hospitals to check their registries for the victim and notify authorities.

At about 12:58 a.m. on Friday, June 7, authorities located the body of Robinson Jr. “inside of a garbage dumpster” in the 1300 block of Lewis Avenue. Medical personnel pronounced the child dead on the scene.

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