Body of missing toddler found in ditch wrapped in blanket, 5 days after mother shot dead by father
The body of a child, believed to be that of a 2-year-old missing since her mother was shot dead by the child's father on March 11, was found in a highway ditch in southeastern Minnesota.
Noelani Robinson was reported missing after her mother Sierra Robinson was found murdered in her Milwaukee, Wisconsin home. Noelani's father Dariaz Higgins was arrested two days after the homicide and an Amber alert was sounded for the missing toddler.
The police reportedly found Noelani on Friday night wrapped in a blanket in the ditch. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales announced the discovery on Saturday morning.
"This is going to be a death investigation," Morales reportedly said after the recovery of the body, which was found by a Department of Public Works employee on the side of the road on Highway 218, near Austin, Minnesota.
"He called this tip into the local police department. Off of Highway 218 15 miles north of Austin, Minnesota (which is southwest of Rochester) and just off the shoulder was a blanket. Inside that blanket and wrapped in there was the body of a child we believe is that of Noelani," Morales said.
Formal identification and preliminary autopsy results are pending for the body.
UPDATE: This is the new mugshot for Dariaz Higgins. He was arrested yesterday after being on the run---accused of abducting his daughter Noelani Robinson after killing her mother, Sierra Robinson. An accomplice was also arrested, accused of helping Higgins hide. pic.twitter.com/5BhDiOXZlF— Cassidy Williams (@CassidyWtv) March 14, 2019
Higgins has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon and first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon.
In the incident with Sierra, Higgins is also said to have injured a friend in the process. Higgins is reportedly a well-known pimp in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Now also reported that Higgins had been arrested previously in Nevada and Florida, and in Minnesota, just last month.
Please call the FBI National tip line 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). There is a $5,000 REWARD for information leading to the location of two year old Noelani Robinson, Last seen with Dariaz Higgins, now in custody. However, Baby Noelani is still missing, considered in danger. pic.twitter.com/jKRyW9CnXV— FBI Milwaukee (@FBIMilwaukee) March 16, 2019
Higgins was reportedly Sierra's pimp who had become close and then parted ways. Sierra, Higgins and her friend had met in Milwaukee and were hanging out and doing drugs before Higgins took Sierra and the friend to another location and shot them both, prosecutors reportedly said.
After the mother's body was found, police issued an Amber Alert to find the child. According to police, Noelani was not with Higgins at the time of his arrest and he seemed to have provided police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter that have 'proven to be untrue'.
A nationwide search was started and the police also offered a $5,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.