Cheerleader, 18, ‘bashed in newborn daughter’s skull and buried her in garden’
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Cheerleader, 18, ‘bashed in newborn daughter’s skull and buried her in garden’


 A cheerleader who allegedly murdered her own baby and buried her in the garden so she could continue living a ‘perfect’ teenage lifestyle is set to stand trial  Brooke Skylar Richardson was just 18 when she secretly gave birth in her bathroom as her family slept  No one around her knew she was pregnant, and she did not reveal to anyone that her child had died, going on to graduate from high school just two weeks later  It was only when a gynecologist reported the baby had died, but saying the cause of death was unknown, that police came knocking  Now 20, Richardson appeared in Warren County Court yesterday as jury selection began  She faces charges of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter which could see jailed for life if found guilty  Warren County Judge Donald Oda said jurors would complete a questionnaire prior to selection    He said the jury pool was much larger for this case and selection would be completed in stages    “We have so many jurors here today because this trial has garnered some level of tension in the press and on social media,” Oda said, explaining the state was doing its utmost to avoid prejudicing the trial by having jurors with substantial prior knowledge of the case  Richardson delivered a healthy baby to term in July 2017 and then allegedly smashed her skull and may even have lit the infant on fire in an attempt to burn the corpse – although a forensic anthropologist later appeared to recant that claim       Richardson’s attorneys say she experienced a stillbirth and buried a fetus delivered at 33 weeks in the backyard    The state however that she purposefully killed an infant born alive because she did not want to be pregnant    Authorities first learned of the baby from a doctor Richardson had visited just a few weeks before she gave birth  Richardson was full-term when she gave birth to the girl, delivering the child in her bathroom    The remains were found soon after, and prosecutors believe that Richardson buried the baby shortly after giving birth  Defense attorney Charles H. Rittgers said the case would be based on the second interrogation of Skylar Richardson  “Police in the first interrogation, she said she had a stillborn birth and they don’t file charges,” Mr Rittgers said    “After hearing from a doctor six days later, police are told to get a confession and that the baby is burned What police don’t say, that doctor was wrong. He said he was wrong.   “The police told Skylar it would be better to say the baby was cremated and not burned She denied this 17 times. Thankfully we will see this.”  The case continues.

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