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What Happened To Zha’riyah? – Sexual Assault And Mysterious Death Of Beloved 5-Year-Old Girl

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The Late Zha’riyah Robinson (5)
(Submitted Photos)

***Explicit Content and KCE is using Zha’riyah’s name with permission from  and at the request of her mother***

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What happened to baby Zha’riyah Robinson? We know she was a cute, spunky, sweet and beloved little five-year-old little girl.We know she was brutally sexually assaulted on August 22, 2023, and unfortunately, passed away less than three months later on November 16, 2023 in Surprise, Arizona. What we don’t know is how she died. In court today, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Smathers called Zha’riyah’s death “suspicious.”

A highly skilled sexual assault nurse who spoke with KCE said that the death could be linked to her rape, which was oral, vaginal, and rectal. A rectal tear could cause a slow and terrible death under certain circumstances.

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Dakari S.D. Childress (15) of Winnebago County
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

According to the criminal complaint, 15-year-old Dakari S.D. Childfress was briefly watching Zha’riyah at a home in Kenosha. He was then alleged to have brutally raped her in every possible way. Zha’riyah was able to depict to Kenosha Police exactly what happened.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Bill MIchel II
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Childress was charged as a juvenile at first, but Judge Meier sent him to be tried as an adult. He made his initial appearance as an adult on February 7, 2024. The Kenosha DA’s office asked for a $25,000 cash bail. Commissioner Michel ordered a no-cash bail, meaning that Childress was released into the public without having to pay any money. This angered Zha’riyah’s family.

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“[No cash bail] is never fair in this world,” said Timothy Stark, Zha’riyah’s grandfather. “I’m demanding the Kenosha DA’s office ask for a million dollars cash bail.”

Lt. Joshua Hecker, Kenosha Police
(KPD)

“We handled a sexual assault case with Childress as a suspect []. After our conversation, I spoke with a couple [of] detectives and found that Surprise PD in Arizona is investigating the child’s death,” said KPD Spokesman Lt. Josh Hecker.

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KCE reached out to the Surprise, AZ police department. Sgt. Rick Hernandez released the following statement:

“This investigation is still open and is pending the full medical examiner’s report.  Here is a summary of the SPD investigation to date.

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On 11/16/2023, Officers responded to a local urgent care after Zha’riyah became unresponsive.  Upon arrival, Officers observed medical staff attempting life-saving measures.  Zha’riyah was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where she later passed away.  Detectives from the Surprise Police Department responded, interviewed her guardian, medical staff, and executed a search warrant of Zha’riyah‘s residence.  On 11/18/2023 an autopsy was conducted.  While the full medical examiner’s report is not complete, the medical examiner did not find any obvious signs of new trauma.

Throughout this investigation, Surprise PD investigators have been in contact with Kenosha PD regarding Zha’riyah’s past family history.”

Timothy Stark – Zha’riyahs Grandfather In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Timothy Stark, Zha’riyah’s Grandfather was able to speak in court today due to Marsy’s law:

“My statement today is to deny for them to get this motion to go through. Because there’s other kids that’s in communities, and if you close that off, then that means other families wouldn’t know what is going on.
 
It’s sad enough today, Judge, that I’m here, and we just finding out this. And this happened August 22nd of last year. And my question is to get his bond revoked, because there ain’t no reason how he sturdy keep catching cases.
 
He done caught two, three cases in Kenosha, let them out a rape of a five-year-old child. He charged for a five-year-old child rape. He’s destroying her, and she’s no longer here no more.
 
That’s all I got to say.”


Indeed, Childress was arrested in Winnebago County for stealing a firearm. Oshkosh Police arrested him and he was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor on February 26, 2024.

Alyssah Foster – Defense Attorney In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

In court today, Defense Attorney Alyssah Foster asked the court to seal the court records that depict the chilling details of what her client, Childress was alleged to have done to Zha’riyah. She said the following

“Unfortunately, I’m not able to provide any proof of the threats and the actions against his family that have occurred, as they did occur in Winnebago County. And Winnebago County was reluctant and did not take police reports from the incidents that his mother had attempted to report to them regarding the situation.

My main focus is mostly having his address sealed specifically because of the fact that people are arriving at his mother’s house. That is not where he is residing. And in fact, they have had incidents where they’ve had altercations with people at their residence because of the situation.

The social media presence is, although it is not directly tied to this case, it is causing people to come up with conclusions relating to this case that I do believe are highly inflammatory and could potentially affect a jury pool in this case, which is why I’m asking for the case to be sealed. I understand that public policy allows for cases of this nature to be open to the public, especially because Mr. Childress had been waived. But I do believe that because of the fact that it is not just his personal privacy, but also the privacy of his family that is being affected in this case, I think it is important for at least his address to be sealed.”

Alexandra Smathers – Assistant District Attorney
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Smathers, who is the offices’ sex crime specialist opposed the measure saying:

“Well, Your Honor, I oppose the defense motion. I will note first that when looking at sealing court documents and court information, the party seeking the order bears the burden of proof to show an overriding public interest in such closure of information. And the party must not rely on his individual privacy right, but rather the public interest in protecting his privacy.

I could not agree with Mr. Stark more. I think that there is an increasing, large overriding public interest in not protecting this information from the public. The defendant is charged as an adult.

He’s facing a very serious felony that involves sexual assault of a very young child. I think there is a huge public interest right for the public to know that he’s facing these charges, particularly because they do relate to a child. There is a strong mandate by Wisconsin statutes and case law for open records.

The public has a right to know about the operations of government and to have access to those documents, including the criminal complaint. There are exceptions, but as I indicated, the party seeking those exceptions bears the burden. I do not believe that the defendant, through his attorney, has shown an overriding public interest in this closure.

I understand that there was some social media explosion about this case, but really it wasn’t about this case. Unfortunately, the victim in this case has passed away. A lot of the social media posts were about her passing.

She died under what I would describe as suspicious circumstances in Arizona. So a lot of the information on the internet was related to her passing and how she passed. It had very little to do with Mr. Childress and his case. But even if it did, people have a right to speak their opinion, to go online, to post about cases. Just because there was some social media presence regarding tangentially Mr. Childress, I don’t think that’s enough to close this case. Additionally, Ms. Foster has not provided, there’s like general statements about threats, but has not provided any proof or any specifics. She also indicated that as of March 28th, there’s no information that those threats or anything had continued up until today. Because back in March, that was close in time to when all of this blew up online. But since that time, there’s been no allegations that that has continued.

So when the court has to balance the public interest information and the defendant’s privacy rights, the public interest clearly outweighs the defendant’s individual privacy rights. He has to be denied the defendant’s privacy.”

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Milisauskas In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Judge Milisauskas didn’t buy the defense’s argument, saying:

“All right. We’re just here on a limited issue today, and that’s the vulture against the Children’s Defense. I’m requesting that I seal the file, the address, and I’ve heard the comments of the victim’s family, I’ve heard the comments of the state.

I’m going to start out by saying that the First Amendment is pretty important. The public has a right to know when somebody is charged with a crime in the criminal justice system. We have an open court. That door has to be open. Anytime I hold court. And sometimes people come in here and say stuff that is not correct or is inflammatory, but that’s what I have to deal with. I can’t change that. So there is a tremendous right of the public to know about when somebody is charged with a crime. As to publicity, I’ve had some pretty high-profile cases. A lot more than this one, where there were national news people, and we got to pick a jury. We got through that. And it’s amazing.

A lot of people, even though they’ve read about a case, they tell me it doesn’t matter, Judge. I can sit on the jury. So there’s other ways to deal with that. As to the threats, I think I get threatened more than anybody. And I have my public information out. Every day somebody threatens to kill me because they’re not happy with the case. But you know what? I come to work, and the public knows where I live. If you have a problem with that, I file a police report.

Plus, the defendant doesn’t even live in Kenosha County. So I don’t see anything that you’ve met your burden of proof as to your motion. It’s denied.”

Stark said the following after the meeting:

Timothy Stark -Zha’riyah’s Grandfather In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Timothy Stark -Zha’riyahs Grandfather In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

“I love the judge. I thank Anthony Milisauskas, and he hold up to his word. Like he say, if the public know where he live at, everybody should know where everybody’s at.”

Zha’riyah’s Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Zha’riyah’s Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Zha’riyah’s Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Alexandra Smathers – Assistant District Attorney
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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  1. Not in Kenosha. The politicians and the left only care about books in schools, crooked politicians, fraud, stealing from their so called charity and wars over seas. Why didn’t people like berg use their position to do so? Fucken clowns

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  2. Michel you are at the end of your career as a judge setting him out with NO BAIL. The left can’t even agree with you (hopefully) you are what is wrong with the system!

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    1. Bill Michel:
      Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
      Drifting through the wind
      Wanting to start again?
      Do you ever feel, feel so paper-thin
      Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

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    2. This commissioner has no clue WTF he is doing, by letting out this POS!!! Why do we even have Commissioners and Judges? I never did understand that BS!! I hope this POS never see the light of day and that he gets what’s coming to him when he is in prison for the rest of his life!! They need to do what he did to that poor little girl when he is in prison and beat him to a pulp! Karma is coming for this scum!!

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      1. Wrong.
        It’s not Michel’s fault. it’s the fault of whoever put him in office. Michel doesn’t have the brains to be a commissioner. He should be kicked out before the county has to pay another lawsuit with our taxes.

  3. >According to the criminal complaint, 15-year-old Dakari S.D. Childfress was briefly watching Zha’riyah at a home in Kenosha. He was then alleged to have brutally raped her in every possible way.<

    Firing squad would be too nice for this monster

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    1. definitely firing squad is too good for him. I think he should receive the same horrific treatment he perpetuated on the little girl. what a monster

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    1. Exactly. Commission Michel just seems awful at his job. He always appears totally confused and discombobulated. Michel has made many bad decisions in the past, but this one is the worst. How can he order a no cash bail for someone who is accused of child rape? I am shocked he is a commissioner at all. This guy is worse than Commissioner Berman.

      1. Michel and his fat ass had no reason being up there. Not only did he order no cash bail for this POS, he ordered 75% less bail on that sick pedo at KUSD because of his woke white guilt.

  4. So very disheartening to read, it’s sick how this baby died smh I hope they turn his ass every switch way but loose once he is locked up, death would be too easy for this mf

  5. Look at the second to last photo… Zha’riyah’s Family. God bless them, that family looks like they support each other. I hope that can be a comfort to all of them, in the face of this evil. The fact that her mother wants her name to be said and her story to be told must be SO painful. She is a courageous woman. I’m praying for them, and I encourage others to do the same.

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  6. No cash bail for someone who brutally raped a 5 year old? Makes me think Michel has raped children himself.

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  7. Sad to say I hear stories like this all the time. What’s sickens me is that they tired to give this monster a damn bail!!??!!?

  8. I hope he get everything he got coming to him dirt bag 😡😡in to be honest the mother of that baby should go to prison to how you let yo baby go with strangers there not even family in you wasn’t there to protect her shame on you too😡😡

    1. The mother of the child gave temporary guardianship (until July of this year)to her bestfriend who was also the little girls GOD MOTHER. Dakari ended up staying with the her for a while and that’s where and how the incident took place. They had court for it and everything and SHE the bestfriend took the little girl and moved to another state the day SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO
      GO TO COURT TO TESTIFY.

  9. I hope he get everything he got coming to him dirt bag 😡😡in to be honest the mother of that baby should go to prison to how you let yo baby go with strangers there not even family in you wasn’t there to protect her shame on you too😡😡

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  10. Anyone who defaults to if you don’t vote for Biden then “you ain’t black”, to quote Biden;

    Look at the work the KCE has put into this story and the “Black Kyle Rittenhouse” story and rethink your views.

    The Republican party welcomes traditional family values African Americans with open arms.

    Come out to a Republican Party event and see for yourself how welcomed you will be.

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  11. The county and judicial authorities should be aware of what a fuck up this commissioner is. They prefer to look the other way. The KCE should investigate what has been going on in intake court since this fuck up was appointed.
    God bless little Zha’riyah’s soul!

  12. Poor little baby let alone let out of jail. He doesn’t deserve to breathe this air. Praying for baby girls family

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