Opening statements started Wednesday morning in a Warren County, Ohio, courthouse in the case of a former high school cheerleader facing numerous charges in connection with the death of her unborn baby.
Prosecutors allege that 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson purposely killed her infant daughter after giving birth to a live baby at her parents’ home, in 2017. Prosecutors say the defendant then burned and buried the baby after hiding her entire pregnancy from her family.
The defense, however, says Richardson delivered a deceased infant. The defense argues that the defendant should not be prosecuted for delivering a stillborn daughter.
Richardson is facing charges of abuse of a corpse, aggravated murder, endangering children, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with evidence.
Watch day one below.
Brooke Skylar Richardson trial. The Carlisle woman is accused of killing her newborn.
Posted by Dayton 24/7 Now on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
[Feature Photo: Brooke Skyler Richardson via AP/Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Pool]