to connectVideoJury is a former cheerleader and is not guilty of murder, guilty of abuse of a corpse
Prosecutors accused the former high school cheerleader, Phyllis Richardson, of the deaths of her newborn babies and burying her in the backyard.
An Ohio woman was acquitted on Thursday of charges that she killed her unwanted newborn infant.
The Warren County jury deliberated for four hours before acquitting a 20-year-old, Brooke, Skylar Richardson, of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.
Richardson, a former high school cheerleader, was found guilty of abuse of a corpse, and it was scheduled to be sentenced Friday. That charge carries up to a year in prison, but she was on probation as a first-time offender.
Richardson’s facing life in prison if convicted on all charges.
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Prosecutors argued that Richardson, then a high school, and wanted to keep her “perfect life”, and they’ve tried to do that by hiding her unwanted pregnancy and then buried her baby girl in her backyard in May of 2017, at the time of her senior prom. The remains were found in July, in Carlisle, a town about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.
Richardson’s defense team, said the baby, who they named “Annabelle”, it was to show up, and that the teen was upset and scared.
Eric “Skylar” Richardson, walks to the courthouse before closing arguments in her trial in Warren County common pleas Court, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2019 at the latest, in Lebanon, Ohio. Richardson has been accused of killing and burying her newborn daughter has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges. (Nick Graham/The Journal News, via AP)
Prosecutors said the circumstantial evidence pointed to a murder, saying that Richardson had been cleared away to a bleeding mess and send text messages to her mother and tell her that she is “happy” about it, her stomach is shrinking, after the baby was gone.
As a forensic pathologist, testified for the prosecution, that is, they concluded that the baby died due to “homicidal violence.” Prosecutors said Richardson had to search the internet for “how to get rid of the baby.” They played the video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said that the baby could have moved and made sounds.
Cincinnati-the psychologist Stuart Bassman said, “Skylar was being manipulated” into making the false statements made during the interrogation. He described Richardson as a sensitive, mature person who has a dependent personality disorder that makes her want to be authority figures, even to the point of making incriminating statements that were false.
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Julie Kraft, who is an assistant to the public prosecutor’s office stated that, in addition to wanting to please the authorities, in Richardson’s desire to please her family and her boyfriend, and the fear of them off of her could have motivated her to take this extreme action.
The trial drew daily coverage of the Court-TV, and at least two of the national TELEVISION network newsmagazines-planned stories.
In the case of dividing the people of her town of approximately 5,000 people to the Facebook page dedicated to them, and some of the critics are trying to take of the family of the Richardson’s are coming and going to post it to social media sites.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.