The family of a Las Vegas toddler allegedly murdered by his parents remembers the boy’s charming personality
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The family of a Las Vegas toddler allegedly murdered by his parents remembers the boy’s charming personality

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The family of a 2-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by his parents and thrown into a trash bin are now trying to pick up the pieces after the tragedy.

Relatives told 8 News Now the toddler was always happy and didn’t know he was in danger. Now they want justice for little Jacoby Robinson Jr.

His family remembers his innocent chuckle and the way he craved all the hugs and love in what was probably his most vulnerable moment.

“He was a sweet baby,” LaSwanda Williams, the 2-year-old’s aunt, told 8 News Now.

His great-aunt and the rest of his family will never experience these precious moments.

“He didn’t deserve it, he didn’t deserve it, he wasn’t trash, he wasn’t a piece of paper that you just pick up and throw in the trash,” Williams said.

The toddler was found in a dumpster in the 1300 block of Lewis Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, hours after he was reported missing near the corner of Lewis Avenue and South15th Street.

Police suspect Jacoby Robinson Jr. died Thursday before his mother, 23-year-old Diaja Smith, allegedly dumped his body in a dumpster near Lewis Avenue and 15th Street, documents show. Police arrested Smith on suspicion of open murder late Friday. She also faces charges of child abuse resulting in significant bodily harm. Jacoby’s father, Jacoby Robinson Sr., 24, was initially charged with child abuse, but on Monday his charges were expanded to include open murder.

Smith told police she hadn’t seen Jacoby Robinson Sr. in over a year and a half. In fact, Robinson told police he was homeless, but Smith allowed him into his apartment.

“I just want justice to be served, I don’t want this to be another name and another child that’s forgotten about,” Williams said.

His aunt said Jacoby was one of Smith’s five children. Police said Smith lost custody of the children two years ago and regained custody in May.

“He was the most well-mannered of all five children,” Williams said.

Williams told 8 News Now she never saw any red flags.

“She told me the boys were OK and they seemed happy, they weren’t crying and they didn’t look like they were being mistreated,” Williams said.

Williams told 8 News Now that her two children remained with her in Texas and now she has learned of a new factor in the situation.

“She’s pregnant again,” Williams revealed to 8 News Now.

Williams is still processing one situation after another after her world recently came crashing down.

When asked if she thought she would ever be able to forgive them, Williams told 8 News Now, “Yes, I could.” She said she will never forget what happened and is now focused on raising awareness.

“Report it, I think a lot of people know what’s going on but are afraid to report it,” she said.

He hopes that people will always remember Jacoby as a child who just wanted to be loved and continues to be loved by his family.

Williams told 8 News Now it’s been about a year since she saw Jacoby. Her brother, the boy’s grandfather, was next to Williams during the 8 News Now interview but was too nervous to talk.

Other relatives told 8 News Now they hope people will respect the family’s wishes as they mourn the loss of sweet Jacoby.

His grandmother also added that her grandson was a happy and funny child who liked to eat Cheetos Puffs.