It’s to be a inquiry hanging end jurors in a Warren county courtroom ever because the Brooke Skylar Richardson trial began. And it"s a concern that"s troubled her attorneys for years.

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Richardson is charged through aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter. She is accused that deliberately killing her infant and burying she in the backyard.

“I tried come cremate the baby,” Richardson stated after a police interview in 2017.

This to be the 2nd time police spoke to her, and also this interview would at some point lead to her arrest. 

Video the the interview, i beg your pardon is several hours long, hasn’t to be played in court yet. But assistant prosecutor Julie Kraft read a transcript of part of the recording once Richardson’s dad walked right into the interview room. 

“Honey, tell united state what happened,” that said.

Richardson, that was 18 at the time, had actually denied burning her baby numerous times prior to that. She additionally denied deliberately killing her baby.

Her attorneys to speak she delivered a stillborn child and also buried she in the backyard due to the fact that she didn’t recognize what else to do. 


Prosecutors speak she killed her baby, melted her and also buried she to hide the evidence. Richardson attend high institution prom a couple of days before giving birth, and she didn’t want anyone to understand she to be pregnant.

In a police report thorough in court, a detective composed that Richardson lit she baby’s foot ~ above fire v a lighter. The flames flared approximately the baby’s chest prior to Richardson put them out.

“That’s silly,” said Charlie H. Rittgers, she attorney. 

A forensic pathology who performed the baby’s autopsy testified ~ above Friday. Rittgers regularly raised his voice and grew frustrated while questioning her.


He to be angry because the physician was a crucial witness for the defense. 

Back in 2017, about two months after Richardson hidden her baby in the backyard, her OB-GYN called police. Authorities interviewed Richardson and asked her questions about umbilical cords, abortions and also placentas. 

“I never ever meant come hurt her,” she said.

“I didn’t kill her,” she said.

“It no alive,” she said.


Police let she go. However they searched her home and also dug increase the skeletal stays of she baby. The bones were put in a tiny body bag and also taken come the morgue.

Officials grouped the bones in various categories and also eventually put the child back together. When inspecting the rib bones, a forensic anthropologist i found it the ends of the bones to be darker than the rest. The police were called, again.

This time, they were told Richardson’s baby had been burned.

Her attorneys stated this pointer turned the case into something much much more sinister 보다 it in reality was. It additionally sent authorities back to Richardson, from who they were desperate to acquire a confession, Rittgers said.

And castle did. 

Richardson’s attorneys say it was a false one, do by a fear teenager who battles with an eat disorder and just said police what they wanted to hear.


That’s probably why assistant prosecutor Kraft check out a section of Richardson’s interview after police left her. Without gift asked anything by police, the teenager said she tried to cremate her child.

She was talk to she dad.

But Richardson’s attorney stated she had already been damaged by then. She had actually told police she might have squeezed she baby as well hard, the baby cried and the baby could have been lively for five minutes. 

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She additionally said the infant gurgled, which Rittgers called ridiculous. The attorney claimed babies the young can"t gurgle.

In court Friday, image of the baby’s bones and reconstructed skeleton were shown on a television display screen a few feet far from Richardson.

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She shook while looking at them.

Contributing: Sonia Chopra, Cincinnatti Enquirer. Monitor Keith BieryGolick on Twitter:
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