Prosecutors plan to pursue the death penalty against Egypt Robinson, who is accused of stabbing her toddler to death in a ritual sacrifice.

PANAMA CITY — A mother accused of fatally stabbing her toddler son in 2015 in what authorities described as a “ritual sacrifice” has been committed to a state mental hospital for treatment, according to court records.

Egypt Moneeck Robinson, 30, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a competency hearing in the case. Prosecutors have been seeking the death penalty against her since Dec. 29, 2015, when authorities discovered her 3-year-old son, Aries Juan Acevedo, stabbed to death and stuffed in a suitcase in a swamp behind a Callaway home. Robinson had been tentatively scheduled for trial on charges of aggravated child abuse and felony first-degree murder at the end of October, but the future of her case is uncertain with Robinson being sent to a mental hospital for treatment, court records state.

Documents filed in the case do not reveal the grounds for the decision as psychological and health records are not public. However, Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet deemed Robinson incompetent to proceed Wednesday and is expected to sign an order for her to be committed to a mental hospital.

 

In recent months, Robinson’s defense attorney, Kim Jewell, filed a notice that she would be presenting testimony of two psychologists during the penalty phase of her trial. Their findings likewise are unclear. But the psychological testimony would be aimed at convincing jurors to not sentence Robinson to death for the killing of her child.

Authorities discovered the boy’s body on Dec. 29, 2015. Aries had been stabbed in the chest, and investigators found a 3- to 4-inch piece of concrete in his throat allegedly placed there by Robinson. However, officers said he had been dead since Dec. 26, and in the interim Robinson had been arranging to get a bus ticket out of town.

As a sheriff’s deputy approached Robinson to arrest her, she allegedly told him she had killed her son to save him from a biblical flood and asked to be taken to jail, BCSO reported.

“Just put me in handcuffs,” officers quoted Robinson as saying. “I did it. ... I killed my baby and put him inside the suitcase. ... He is floating on top of the water.”

According to court records, Robinson also admitted under oath to stabbing Aries. She allegedly told authorities she threw the suitcase into the swamp behind her Callaway home to protect him from a “Noah’s Ark”-type flood, officials reported.

A cellmate of Robinson’s later came forward to tell investigators that Robinson said she did not believe what she did was wrong. Robinson allegedly said her son was evil and had the “soul of Hitler,” the cellmate told investigators.

“She still thinks to this day that he is supposed to be dead,” court records quote the cellmate as saying. “She did it because she said he was the soul of Hitler. His birthday is 4-20 and um he was an evil child, she said. And she said if she didn’t kill him um ... he was going to keep, grow up and kill all of use (sic). She basically she like saved us by sacrificing him.”

Robinson’s case has been one of many in Bay County slowed down as officials waited on changes to Florida’s death penalty procedure, although prosecutors still intend to pursue the death penalty. Her case is scheduled to come back before Overstreet on Oct. 1 for a routine hearing.