Two and a half years later, the shocking case of a former Ohio cheerleader accused of killing her newborn daughter and then burying her in the backyard has finally come to an end—and the outcome is likely not what many expected.
As reported by @nbcnews, 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson was officially acquitted earlier this week of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter for the May 2017 death of her newborn daughter. However, Richardson was found guilty of abuse of a corpse for burying the baby in the backyard of her family home.
Richardson’s attorneys argued in court that she didn’t commit murder, but was instead scared because her baby, named Annabelle, was stillborn. Although prosecutors told a different story and accused Richardson of bragging about killing the baby in text messages and that she allegedly murdered her daughter because she didn’t want to “ruin her perfect life.” Assistant prosecutor Steven Knippen revealed that in one of Richardson’s texts she wrote, “My belly is back, my belly is back.”
Since the baby’s remains were not discovered until two months after birth, sadly the cause of death couldn’t be determined due to the body being so badly decomposed and medical examiners were also unable to perform an autopsy.
Richardson was sentenced to three years probation for the being found guilty of abuse of a corpse, but since she is a first-time offender, she could remove the charge from her criminal record once her probation is completed.
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