Shavaughn Robinson, 27, gave birth to the baby girl May 28 in a bathroom in Richmond's Lee Medical Building. The girl was found dead later that evening.
At Robinson's arraignment Thursday, Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals appointed Po Chau, a supervising assistant public defender, to represent Robinson, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reported.
Chau is also representing Robinson on a felony charge of concealing a dead body in connection with the girl's death.
"Like any normal person charged with murder, clearly, it's a shock," Chau said after the Thursday hearing.