Skylar Richardson Sentenced To 3 Years Probation

Written By Ishton W. Morton – September 13th, 2019

Friday just before she freely walked out of the courtroom she apologized to the baby’s father for burying her newborn girl days after prom.

According to court records in Carlisle, Ohio today there will be no additional jail time for 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson.

Today, Friday September 13th, 2019 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson was sentenced to three (3) years community control service for the gross abuse of a corpse conviction. Also, she was sentenced to seven days in county jail. However she was credited with time served. She was acquitted of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.

According to reports the former or Ex-cheerleader accused of killing baby disintegrate into tears as she received the verdict.  

In addressing the courtroom before commencing her sentenced, Richardson made a groveling apology, saying, “I am sorry. I can sometimes be selfish, but I’m getting better. I’m forever sorry.”

She added, “I’ve hurt a lot of people. I am really, really sorry. And I understand.”

Also on Friday just before she freely walked out of the courtroom she apologized to the baby’s father for burying her newborn girl days after prom.

Judge Donald Oda sentenced Richardson to seven days in county jail, but she was credited for time served. If she violates her probation, she can be locked up for up to a year in jail.

Scott Richardson, Brooke Skylar Richardson’s father, in his lamentation addressed the court and asked for his daughter to be released.

However, Judge Don Oda ordered the remains of Richardson’s child, Annabelle, be released to the Richardson family within seven days.

Judge Oda continued to say, “The remains are to be buried in a way that are accessible to both the Richardson family and the paternal Johnson family”

Moreover, on Friday during the sentencing hearing was the first time Annabelle’s paternal grandmother, Tracy Johnson spoke publicly.

Johnson said, “Two years, four months, one week. In case you’re wondering, that’s how old my granddaughter would be if she were here today, and as hard as I’ve tried to find the right word to describe- – broken shattered, destroyed — none of them seem to fit the amount of pain I have felt ever since I found out that, not only did I lose my first grandchild, that my baby, that I would lay down my life for without a thought, lost his first child, and Skylar had had no intention of ever letting us know.”

Johnson expressed anger and sadness. “Every May 7th, I don’t get to have a birthday party for my first grandchild. Instead I get to send her balloons to heaven with notes telling her how much her daddy loves her, how much I love her, how much we all love her.”

Johnson continued to say, “As we live with our grief and loss, she (Skylar) can now live knowing that her selfish decision was not her only choice.”

Accordingly, Judge Oda had words for Richardson in court. He added, “I think your choices before birth, during birth and after birth show a grotesque disregard for life,” Oda said. “I firmly believe Miss Richardson; in fact, I know in my heart, that if you would have made different decisions in this case, Annabelle would be here today.”

Apparently, it is the end of a lengthy terrifying ordeal for the young Carlisle, Ohio, mother.

Ironically, Prosecutors are not having any of it. They are claiming she killed and buried her unwanted newborn in 2017, burying the baby in her backyard just days after her senior prom.

Subsequently, all that remain was the abuse of a corpse charge; which is a fifth-degree felony that Judge Oda said carried a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

According to Richardson’s lawyers, the 20-year-old’s health has deteriorated throughout the last two years, saying she is down to 89 pounds and is losing her hair.

Richardson was 18 years old at the time she secretly gave birth to a baby girl at her Carlisle home in May 2017, and then buried the remains.

Reportedly, Charles H. Rittgers, the elder of Richardson’s father-and-son lawyer team, “She was living under this dark cloud for the past two years. Living a — quite frankly — a nightmare and hopefully now that this is behind her, hopefully she will get help.”  

Believe what you may; Prosecutors has contended that the high school cheerleader wanted to keep her “perfect life” that included plans to begin classes at the University of Cincinnati. They said she hid her unwanted pregnancy and buried her baby in her family’s backyard in May 2017, just after her senior prom.

According to court records, the remains were found about two months after she gave birth, buried in the backyard of her home where she lived with her parents in Carlisle, a village about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.

Although extremely difficult to understand, the forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution concluded the baby died from “homicidal violence.”

According to the Prosecutors, Richardson had searched on the internet for “how to get rid of a baby.”

Predicated on this prosecutors played video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said the baby might have moved and made noises. Really!!!

Despite that, Cincinnati psychologist Stuart Bassman said, “Skylar was being manipulated” into making false statements during interrogations. He described Richardson as a vulnerable, immature person whose dependent personality disorder makes her want to please authority figures, even to the point of making incriminating statements that were untrue.

Incongruously Julie Kraft, an assistant prosecutor, suggested that besides wanting to please authorities, Richardson’s desire to please her family and boyfriend and fear of them abandoning her could have motivated her to commit extreme acts.

Amazingly, twice Brooke Skylar Richardson’s attorneys had asked to move the trial that drew daily coverage from Court TV, citing intense publicity they said was fueled by the prosecution — but the judge denied their motions.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.