Noelani Robinson, the 2-year-old Wisconsin girl who’s been missing since her father allegedly fatally shot her mother on Monday, was reportedly found dead Friday evening.
As reported by WISH on Saturday, Robinson’s family said the toddler was found dead in Minnesota. Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales revealed during a Saturday morning press conference that a public works employee found the toddler dead Friday night while driving home.
“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, according to WITI.
Morales said an autopsy is pending but preliminary evidence suggests Noelani had been dead for more than 24 hours before she was found.
News of the toddler’s death comes days after Dariaz Higgins’ arrest for Monday’s double shooting in Milwaukee that left the girl’s mother, Sierra Robinson, 24, dead and another woman wounded. Higgins, 34, is believed to have abducted Robinson and fleeing the scene, sparking an AMBER Alert later that evening.
Higgins was arrested Wednesday at a Milwaukee hotel while a second person was charged with harboring and aiding a fugitive. At the time, authorities reportedly found no sign of Noelani.
Local police previously said they were investigating tips that the toddler was in Wisconsin. WISH reported that Higgins provided officers with false information about his daughter’s whereabouts.
“The search to find Noelani has become a game to him,” Morales said.
A day before his arrest, prosecutors filed various charges against Higgins, including first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon. Additional charges are likely forthcoming following the discovery of his daughter’s body.
This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.
Watch: Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales held a news conference Saturday morning regarding the Amber Alert of Noelani Robinson. Her body was found along a rural road in southern Minnesota. Latest: http://via.fox6now.com/sguVM
Posted by FOX6 News Milwaukee on Saturday, March 16, 2019
[Featured Image: Noelani Robinson, Dariaz Higgins/Milwaukee Police Department]