Teen mother faces murder charge in baby’s death

An Ohio teen mother faces several charges, including aggravated murder, after the remains of an infant were found buried behind her family’s home.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, of Carlisle, was indicted Friday afternoon on five counts including aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangering, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

“The general allegations against her are that sometime during the night of May 6 to May 7, 2017, that she did give birth to a newborn infant and that she caused the death of that infant. She subsequently burned the infant and buried the infant in the backyard of her own residence,” Warren County prosecutor David Fornshell said.

Fornshell said the cause of the infant’s death is unknown.

“To be frank with you, I’m not sure we ever will provide to you the exact medical cause of death, and the reason for that is because the child was, after death, burned and subsequently buried, and there was significant decomposition to the body,” Fornshell said.

Richardson just graduated from Carlisle High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student.

Fornshell said Richardson and her mother are both obsessed with external appearances, and he believes that was one motivating factor in the murder.

“I think a lot of this, from my perspective, from viewing the evidence, came down to a situation that if members of the community were to find out that the Richardson girl was pregnant and perhaps gave birth and even if after giving birth, gave that child up for adoption, that was something that was not going to be accepted in that household, at least by Skylar and her mother,” Fornshell said.

Neighbors told WLWT the details of the case are disturbing.

“I went to high school with her and I didn’t expect anything like this to even happen so it’s very sad,” Casey Isaacs said. Isaacs and her boyfriend, Sam Jeffries, live across the street from the Richardsons.

“I just feel sick to my stomach because I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant and I couldn’t put myself in her shoes,” Isaacs said. “I couldn’t do something the way, like how she did. It’s just not a normal thing to do. It’s very just scary and sad. I don’t know what went through her head to do something so terrifying.”

“It really kind of opens your eyes to their perspective of it and you don’t understand, or I don’t understand how they just went all the way through with that,” Jeffries said.

The investigation began July 14 after…

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