Judge denies bond for mother charged in 8-year-old's death

Lavaughn Riley (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Lavaughn Riley (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Michael Robertson
Michael Robertson
Xzayvion Riley
Xzayvion Riley

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A judge refused to issue bond for the mother of the 8-year-old boy who died after being badly beaten.

Judge Trudy White denied bond for Lavaughn Riley, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son, Xzayvion Riley. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Lavaughn Riley told them she and the boy's father beat their son.

Michael Robertson, the victim's father, is also charged with first-degree murder in the case. White denied bond for Robertson during his hearing Monday morning. Robertson has denied any involvement in his son's injuries.

EBRSO was called to an apartment complex on Coy Avenue in Baton Rouge on June 12. Deputies arrived to find Xzayvion Riley unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital, but did not survive.

Detectives said hospital staff counted 56 marks on the little boy's body. The coroner's office is reporting Xzayvion had more than 60 external signs of recent and past trauma, which include cuts, bruises and adult size bite marks on his abdomen. Xzayvion also had an "overwhelming infection" due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

The autopsy revealed that Xzayvion died due to a ruptured intestine caused by blunt force trauma to the stomach.  According to the forensic pathologist, the injury was potentially treatable, if doctors had seen the victim when he complained of stomach pains.

During questioning, Xzayvion's mother reportedly said on one occasion it sounded as if Robertson was throwing their son against the bedroom wall and she did nothing to intervene.

The victim's sibling reportedly told detectives Robertson beat the child with his closed fist from noon June 11 until that evening. Xzayvion Riley allegedly complained of stomach pains and vomited throughout the night on Monday and was too weak to get out of bed on Tuesday.

The sibling also said she witnessed Robertson bite her 8-year-old brother on the stomach. The sibling added she witnessed Robertson bite the child on a regular basis as a form of discipline.

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