New details found from arrest of mother charged with child abuse, DUI

Posted at 10:51 AM, Nov 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-02 10:51:54-05
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Vonnisha Lynn Robinson (Photo: Newport News PD)

Newport News, Va. - New details have emerged in the arrest of a Yorktown woman charged with five counts of child neglect, driving under the influence, refusing to take a blood or breath test and reckless driving after she was involved in a crash on Saturday night, according to police.

Police say Vonnisha Robinson, 26, struck another car from behind with five children in her car around 10:40 p.m.

After being treated and released from the hospital, she was arrested in the early morning of November 1 around 6:30 a.m.  and placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

A criminal complaint written by an officer says the crash was so bad that the airbags deployed, injuring one of the children in the front seat.  The document says a child was bleeding from the face when officers arrived.

Police say the five kids in the car were 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  The 2-year-old and 4-year-old were Robinson's children, according to police.

In the criminal complaint, the officer wrote that Robinson admitted to police she had two beers.

While investigating, the officer wrote in the criminal complaint that he found a bottle of alcohol on the drivers side of Robinson's car.

The court documents show Robinson refused to take a breathalyzer test, saying "She didn't want to do anything without asking her brother or mother."

After the arrest, Robinson's brother called NewsChannel 3, saying police got the story wrong.  We went by Robinson's Yorktown apartment to hear her side of the story but no one was home.

Robinson is expected to be in court later this month.