Child killed by blunt force trauma, investigation confirms

Published 11:10 pm Friday, September 27, 2019

Report under review by Mower County Attorney’s Office

Noelani Robinson


The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed that 2-year-old Noelani Robinson, whose body was found March 15 on the side of Highway 218 north of Blooming Prairie, was killed as the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

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The announcement came Friday after the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death.

An Amber Alert was issued for the missing Milwaukee toddler several days before her body was discovered. The report was made after her mother, Sierra Robinson, was found shot to death in her Milwaukee home.

Dariaz Higgins

Noelani’s father, Dariaz Higgins, was charged in Milwaukee County Court with first-degree intentional homicide in the March 11 death of Sierra Robinson. A second individual, Deloise Lipsey, was charged with harboring/aiding a felon.

The Mower County Attorney’s Office is in the process of reviewing the material provided by the BCA related to the death of Noelani Robinson. Mower County Attorney Kristen Nelsen was not available for comment.

Look to the Tribune for more information as it becomes available.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.