Milwaukee woman charged with aiding man accused of killing mother of 2-year-old

March 22, 2019 05:58 AM

A Milwaukee woman has been charged in connection with the case of Dariaz Higgins, the man accused of killing 24-year-old Sierra Robinson, the mother of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson who was abducted and found dead last week.

According to a criminal complaint, 31-year-old Deloise R. Lipsey has been charged with harboring and aiding a felon.


The complaint details the following:

On March 16, Lipsey told investigators she was living in both Milwaukee and Las Vegas and had been traveling back and forth between locations.

She told investigators that on March 6, while she was in Las Vegas, she had received a call from Higgins, telling her to return to Minnesota to meet him.

She flew into Minneapolis on March 8, where Higgins picked her up from the airport. She said another person she didn't know was driving the car. She said the three of them traveled to Austin, Minnesota, where motel rooms were booked.

Lipsey told investigators she spent that Saturday by herself and said Higgins didn't return until early Sunday morning.

Lipsey said Higgins told her they were changing motels and were traveling back to Minneapolis. She told investigators that while she got into the vehicle Higgins had rented, she said Higgins went back into his room to collect the "trash." Lipsey told investigators she didn't think it was unusual for him to do so, since they often took their trash from hotel rooms due to frequently having leftover drug evidence.

As they began driving, Higgins told Lipsey he wanted to take a side road. After driving for a few miles, Higgins told Lipsey to pull over. She told investigators she stopped in the middle of the road. Higgins got out of the vehicle, opened the rear tailgate and threw the "trash" away from the vehicle.

The two then drove to Minneapolis before Higgins changed the plan, saying he needed money from Rochester. From Rochester, the two drove to Milwaukee.

While they were in Milwaukee, Lipsey told investigators she received a call from someone she knows who told her Higgins "had shot two women multiple times ... and taken the baby." Lispey told investigators that at that point, she was scared but decided to "play along with Higgins."

Lipsey and Higgins then drove to Chicago before continuing on to Detroit and then Lansing.

Lipsey told Higgins she needed tampons so they drove to a nearby Walmart, Lipsey asked Higgins if he needed anything, to which he replied he needed bleach.

They returned to the hotel at which they were staying, parked behind it, and started smoking marijuana, taking pills and drinking. Lipsey said at that point, two police vehicles pulled into the parking lot. Two officers asked Lipsey and Higgins for identification.

Higgins then got into the rental vehicle and left, leaving Lipsey with the police.

Another officer began a pursuit of Higgins. Lipsey said she did not tell authorities "that the car being chased was being driven by a murder suspect."

In her interview, Lipsey said she "messed up" about not notifying the police about Higgins.

Higgins was ultimately arrested in Milwaukee March 13.

Two-year-old Nelani Robinson's body was found March 15 on the side of the road near Blooming Prairie, in rural Steele County.

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