Brooke Skylar Richardson pleads not guilty to burying new born baby; Prosecutors accuse the ‘good girl’ high school graduate seeking to keep up appearances.
Brooke Skylar Richardson an 18 year old Ohio cheerleader and recent high school graduate has pleaded not guilty to murdering her newborn baby and burying it in the backyard of the family’s Carlisle home.
Appearing in court Monday morning, the teen who her lawyer adamantly maintains is a good girl pled not guilty to charges of aggravated murder child endangerment, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.
Upon her appearance, dressed in a blue jumpsuit, the teen was granted house arrest on a $50,000 bond.
Richardson’s court appearance comes after the newborn’s charred remains were found buried at the teenager’s family home on July 14 after police received a tip from a concerned doctor who said she may have delivered a still born.
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After discovering the remains, experts said they concluded that the baby had been born alive in May but killed before it was buried.
Prosecutors blamed Brooke for the death, with the ‘good girl’ who had made the National Honor Society concerned with ‘appearances’ despite the fact that half the town knew she was pregnant.
On Monday, Richardson’s attorney Charlie Rittgers told the court his client did not kill the infant.
Authorities have not released the baby’s gender and say that while they know who the father is, they will not share his identity.
After police discovered the baby’s remains in July, they took weeks processing evidence before bringing charges against the teenager.
Come Friday, Richardson was formally indicted.
Prior to her arrest, the teen had recently graduated from Carlisle High School in May. Along with being a cheerleader and a member of the school track team, the teen’s lawyer said Skylar who was ‘very good with children’ at a local YMCA she volunteered at, planned to go to college at the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
In charging documents, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Richardson had likely given birth on or around May 7 and that she ‘purposefully caused’ the baby’s death immediately afterwards.
Without explicitly providing a motive, he said: ‘It was a perception issue and the teen’s mother was concerned about appearances.’
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Reiterated Richardson’s defense attorney Charles Rittgers at the time initial charges were rendered, ‘She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker.’
Adding, ‘By all measures a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person’.
After Friday’s indictment, Richardson was sent to Warren County Jail before returning Monday for her preliminary hearing.
Not necessarily understood is how the child came to be buried in the backyard, why authorities were never notified at the time of the child’s ‘death’ and what part her family may have had in possibly covering up the newborn baby’s murder?
Commentators on the web also wondered why the ‘good girl’ cheerleader declined to give up the child up for adoption. Or at the very least, leave it with authorities at the time of birth?
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18 y/o Brooke Skylar Richardson faces a judge tom.. she’s accused of killing her newborn baby & burning the body. What we know – @ 10. pic.twitter.com/1yS5Zv3AMv
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