Lavaughn Riley and Michael Robertson. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A state judge has denied bail for a Baton Rouge woman booked on a first-degree murder charge in the beating death of her 8-year-old son.
The court is not setting any bail at this time," state District Judge Trudy White told Lavaughn Riley, 32, during an initial bail hearing conducted via video conferencing on Tuesday.
On Monday, The Advocate reports White denied bail for Riley's husband, 46-year-old Michael Robertson, who also was booked Friday on first-degree murder in the killing of their son, Xzayvion Riley.
Robertson and Riley each were initially booked on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile following the death of their son June 12, but the counts were changed to first-degree murder on Friday.
Preliminary results of an autopsy performed Friday show the boy died of "overwhelming infection," caused by a ruptured bowel, Clark said. The ruptured bowel was caused by blunt force trauma to Xzayvion's abdomen, he said.
The autopsy also showed 60 external signs of recent and old trauma, including abrasions, bruises and a human bite mark, the coroner said.
Riley admitted to East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies that she beat her son and caused bruises on his back, shoulder blade and buttocks, an affidavit of probable cause states. She also said Robertson beat the child and caused the bruises and scratches on the boy's neck, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
Robertson denied any involvement in his son's injuries, Hicks said.
The victim's 10-year-old sibling told deputies that Robertson beat the child with his fist from noon June 11 until that evening, the affidavit says.