OHIO — A teen cheerleader whose newborn infant’s remains were found buried outside her home has been indicted on charges of aggravated murder and other offenses.
Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, 18, appeared in court Tuesday on charges of allegedly burning and burying the child at her home in Carlisle, according to reports. In the hearing, Richardson was given a trial start date of Nov. 6.
Prosecutors confirmed that Richardson gave birth just two days after the Carlisle High School Prom in May.
The newborn’s remains were found July 14 in her backyard after officials received a tip from a doctor’s office.
Authorities initially believed the infant was stillborn, but further examination showed that the baby was born alive, the Dayton Daily News reported. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said they will most likely never be able to provide the exact medical cause of death due to the significant decomposition of the little girl’s body.
Fornshell said that the teen may have been afraid of relatives not accepting her pregnancy. He claims her family is “obsessed with external appearances” and having a child before getting a college degree is not admissible, according to WXIX.
Richardson’s attorney, Charles Rittger, said that she is a “good girl” who stayed out of trouble, was a great high school cheerleader, and helped children with disabilities.
The teen has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse, and other charges. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
On Thursday, a Warren County judge issued the gag order after the prosecution revealed on Facebook that the baby was a girl. The judge said the gag order was ordered to help ensure a fair trial.
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