Coroner: Miss. toddler was alive when put in oven

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

JACKSON — A toddler whose body was found inside the electric oven at his family’s home died from heat injuries, according to preliminary results from medical examiners released Friday.

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said the pathologist was still trying to determine if 3-year-old Tristan Robinson was conscious when he was put inside the oven. He also appeared to have suffered trauma to his head.

Greenville Police found the boy’s body at his mother’s apartment Wednesday after responding to an emergency call just after midnight. The mother, 24-year-old Terrie A. Robinson, has been charged with murder. She is being held on a $5 million bond.

Police have declined to release many details because of the ongoing investigation.

Johnson said a little girl found in the home was placed in the care of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

“I’ve seen a lot of things in my years doing this, but nothing like this,” Johnson said. “I just thought about my grandchildren.”

Terrie Robinson’s twin sister, Sherrie Robinson, told WXVT-TV that people should not judge her sister before all the facts are known.

“She was a great parent, a good person. We don’t know what’s wrong. We don’t know what happened. Do not sit there and call her a bad mom cause that’s not what she is,” Sherrie Robinson told the TV station.