Cheerleader accused of killing newborn baby is battling anorexia, down to 82 pounds: Lawyer

An Ohio woman scheduled to stand trial in September for allegedly killing her newborn daughter is suffering from an eating disorder which resulted in her dwindling down to 82 pounds, according to her lawyer.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that an attorney for Skylar Richardson, 20, Charles M. Rittgers, revealed during a July 1 court hearing that Richardson is seeing counselors for her anorexia and bulimia. Richardson was charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and child endangerment in the death of her newborn, who she is accused of buying in the backyard of her parents’ Carlisle home in May 2017.

“They are holding up and coping the best they can,” Rittgers said of the accused killer’s family.

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Richardson has been out on bond since August 2017. She is accused of hiding her pregnancy, then burning and dismembering the newborn’s body before burying it.

On July 3, her lawyers filed a motion requesting that their client be tried in three separate trials: one trial for the involuntary manslaughter and endangering children charges, one for the aggravated murder charge, one trial for involuntary manslaughter and endangering children charges, and the third trial for tampering with evidence and abuse of corpse charges.

The Journal-News reported that the defense has argued that trying Richardson for all the charges in one trial may be prejudicial to her. They also noted that the prosecution stated that the case they’ve built against Richardson isn’t “simple and direct.”

“Testimony regarding, but not limited to a lack of prenatal care, Ms. Richardson’s initial reaction to Dr. Andrew when she learned she was pregnant and Ms. Richardson’s decision to not tell anyone she was pregnant were all cited by the State on numerous occasions to this court and the Twelfth District Court of Appeals as evidence that it would use to try to meet its burden of proving aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and abuse of a corpse,” they wrote, according to the news outlet.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said they’ll file a response where they’ll challenge the defense’s recent motion. A pretrial hearing before the September 3 trial is scheduled for August 19.

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[Featured image: Skylar Richardson/Warren County Sheriff’s Office]