'She did not want to be mom': Former cheerleader allegedly killed and burned her newborn baby to protect her 'good girl' reputation
Brooke Skylar Richardson's lawyers are arguing that her doctors should not be allowed to testify in the trial because it violates doctor-patient confidentiality
A former cheerleader from Ohio, who had been accused of burying the burned remains of her newborn baby in 2017, never went back to the clinic for an ultrasound, blood work, or any other kind of treatment after she found out she was pregnant.
The now 19-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson was charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. She pleaded not guilty at the hearing and is currently free on bond.
Local TV station WLWT reported that, at the hearing that took place in the 12th District Court of Appeals on September 11 about whether the young mother's doctors should also be allowed to testify in her trial, the prosecutors said that her alleged reaction to hearing the news that she was going to be a mother showed that she was not interested in being one.
Kirsten Brandt, the assistant prosecutor, said: "Her reaction to the confirmation that she was pregnant was extreme. It was over-the-top." The Cincinnati Enquirer also reported that Richardson did not return any of the doctor's calls for an ultrasound or blood work and the prosecutors said that she ignored calls from both doctors and assistants. Brandt said: "She does nothing to prepare for this baby coming into the world."
WLWT also reported that Richardson's doctor "specifically told the defendant, ‘If you have any feelings that you are going to hurt this baby, you need to let us know that immediately'." Charlie H. Rittgers, her attorney, told the Enquirer after the hearing: "The prosecutor is fabricating. It’s just not true that Skylar Richardson had no intention of having a baby."
The Enquirer also reported that her attorneys admitted that she buried the newborn's remains in the backyard of her parents' home but have said that she only did this because her baby was a stillborn and she did not know what to do with the body. Richardson's case came before the appeals court so that a decision can be made if her doctor's should be allowed to testify at her trial.
Her attorneys have said that this cannot happen due to the doctor-patient confidentiality that her statements to her doctor are protected by. Richardson had been set to attend the University of Cincinnati before she was arrested. She graduated with honors from school and prosecutors have said that it was her good reputation that led her to committ the alleged crime.
Warren Couty prosecutor, David Fornshell, told the media in a 2017 press conference just before a judge places a gag order on the case: "She was described as a good girl, and I think that perception is one that Skylar Richardson wanted to perpetuate."
A three-judge panel has 60 days to come up with a decision regarding the case. Richardson is currently under house arrest but can leave the house at any time if she comes back by 9 pm.