WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After some hours of deliberation, Brooke Skylar Richardson was acquitted of almost all charges involving the killing and burying of her newborn daughter in 2017.
- The only charge she was found guilty of was the gross abuse of a corpse for which she faces one year in jail.
- Prosecutors alleged that Richardson committed an abortion on herself because she didn’t want to be a single 18-year-old mom.
A verdict has been reached by a jury on the murder trial of Ohio woman Brooke Skylar Richardson who was accused of killing and burying her newborn daughter.
Following four hours and 25 minutes of deliberation, Richardson found herself absolved of almost all of the charges that included aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, but was found guilty of gross abuse of a corpse.
On Tuesday, a judge dismissed a charge of tampering with evidence, saying the burden of proof by the prosecution wasn’t met.
While waiting for the verdict, twenty-year-old Richardson was visibly shaking and appeared to be on the verge of tears. Upon hearing the verdict, she burst into tears while her parents cried in the front row saying, “We love you, baby.”
Brooke Richardson had pleaded not guilty to accusations that she killed her newborn daughter and buried her in their family backyard in 2017. Prosecutors alleged that at 18 years with college nearing, Richardson didn’t want to be a teen mom. So upon learning that she was pregnant, she didn’t return for an ultrasound and other treatments, ignoring doctors’ calls.
Richardson allegedly told police in an interview video presented in court last Thursday that she was scared and didn’t know what she plans to do with the baby. Although she told police that she inquired about abortion but was too late at the time to have one, she denied ever performing one on herself.
Prosecutors allege that she intentionally killed her baby, despite the fact that the medical examiner was unable to determine a cause of death. Prosecutors claimed that she meant to kill her baby, despite medical examiners unable to determine the cause of death.
While Richardson’s lawyers have admitted that she did bury the baby in her backyard, they stressed that it was only done when the baby was stillborn and that the teen mother didn’t know what to do at the time with the remains.
Richardson will be sentenced at 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning. For the charge of ‘abuse of corpse,’ she will be facing up to a year in jail.