Police Say Two-Year-Old Richmond Girl Was Murdered

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email
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Richmond police say a two-year-old girl who died Thursday afternoon was murdered.

Investigators were called to an apartment on Barnes Mill road for an unresponsive child Thursday afternoon.

Two-year old Callie Robinson was taken to the hospital, where she died.

Police have charged the girl's mother, 23-year-old Verona Brinegar with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Just after 1 a.m. the mother's boyfriend, 26-year-old Ronald Lee Crabtree was arrested.

Crabtree called the 27 NEWSFIRST newsroom from a pay phone in Monticello, saying he was innocent.

27 NEWSFIRST contacted Richmond Police, who notified authorities in Wayne County, where Crabtree was arrested.

Both Brinegar and Crabtree appeared in court this morning on the murder charge where they pleaded not guilty.

They're due back in court next week

An autopsy will be performed on Callie Robinson Friday.

AP Story
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter, police said.

Verona Brinegar, 23, and Ronald Crabtree, 26, both of Richmond, were charged because of the type of injuries the child suffered, Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said Friday. He declined to describe the injuries.

Officers were called Thursday to investigate a report of an unconscious child, Richmond Police Sgt. Willard Reardon said.

"When officers arrived at the scene, they found suspicious injuries to the unconscious child," Reardon said.

Callie Elizabeth Robinson was taken to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center where she died, Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said.

Brinegar is also charged with tampering with physical evidence, police said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by heavenly Location: new albany on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    my name is heavenly crabtree and i hope to god we arent related some how because for someone to kill a two year old baby has got to be really stupid in the mind!!!
  • by Gene Location: County in VA on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    If he is proven guilty by a court, give him DEATH. I am tired of paying for him to live on easy street. If she is proven by court to have known-- DEATH. Neither should have any appeal whatsoever!!!!
  • by Friend Location: Ohio on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    I'm sorry but a real mother don't let anyone hurt there babies. Why didn't Verona take those kids to their grandmother she knew when she left Ohio that she didn't want them. Giving them 3 hot meals and a warrm place to sleep the rest of their lives is not okay. maybe these people would stop hurting other people if we strat doning the same to them as what they have done to someone elese!! Killing a 2 yr. old no I'm sorry it wasn't an accident she knew what was happening I blame her more cuz that was her baby.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Aug 18, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    I wish the Robinson family our love, prayers, and support.
  • by diane Location: blanchester on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:10 PM
    These two should never make it to trial they should be lined up and shot. that would be the same mercy they showed callie..
  • by sister-in-law Location: ohio on Aug 16, 2007 at 06:59 PM
    VJ left her husband (yes, she's married still) and took the kids with her, along with his credit cards and what money he had in the bank. He had tried to convince her to leave them with him. She wouldn't. He wanted to divorce her, so he could sue for custody of both kids. She wouldn't stay in one place long enough. Callie's daddy loves her very much, and has been torn apart by this. Someone wrote "once again, not a father in sight." That was the choice of the mother. With the justice system's bias for the mothers, Callie's daddy (Ira) can only pursue her to a point. Not to defend those that did this to Callie, but the vaginal bruising was not sexual abuse as first thought, but a very severe diaper rash. Knowing VJ, I believe it. She didn't seem to know to change a diaper more than once a day.
  • by friend Location: ky on Aug 16, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    GOD KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED!!! ONE DAY GOD WILL MAKE THEM PAY FOR IT !!! MY PRAYERS ARE FOR DANAS FAMILY!!!!LOVE YOU CALLIE IS IN HEAVEN NOW AND SAFE FOR EVER>> ONE OF GODS ANGLES!!
  • by Magnanamous Magma Location: RIchmond on Aug 15, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    This -->"Posted by: so sad Location: Richmond ..."if the wonderful social services of Richmond would go and try to "help" these people instead of sticking their noses where they dont belong and lying to judges about things then maybe little Callie would still be alive tonight. Lets give it up for Madison Co. again for I see that they are doing a fine job of protecting the children. Unfortunatly they are protecting the children that do not need to be protected and they are ignoring the ones that need them the most." This is such hooey and it is sickening to read. Most of the social workers bust their butts with over loaded cases. 1) The Government is only as good as the People who support it. We the People need to boldly state what we have seen and heard in court rather than making anonymous reports under the cover of secrecy, saying, "Well, I told social services and they didn’t do nothing". Cowards. ‘So sad’ must have a sour experience with her local government. Please refer to #1.
  • by anonymous Location: Florida on Aug 14, 2007 at 07:12 PM
    Lil' Callie is in heaven now and doesn't have to be hurt by those two anymore. they didn't deserve her to begin with.
  • by Livid Location: SW Ohio on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:11 AM
    This is unacceptable and must be stopped. Apparently, our 'system' has failed. Just turn those despicable monsters loose and allow us to have plain old Hillbilly Justice!!

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