OH woman found not guilty of killing her newborn child

Brooke Skylar Richardson cries as she is found not guilty of killing her baby

Brooke Skylar Richardson cries as she is found not guilty of killing her baby

She has pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorney Charles H. Rittgers blamed an overzealous prosecution, media attention and experts' misinformation for creating an uphill battle in the trial of Brooke Skylar Richardson, who was Thursday found not guilty of aggravated murder, manslaughter and child endangerment in the 2017 death of her newborn daughter.

The former OH high school cheerleader accused of killing and burying her newborn girl days after prom was found not guilty of murder - but was convicted for abuse of a corpse.

Richardson, now 20, faces life in prison if convicted of murder.

Richardson began crying as verdicts were being read on Thursday. "We love you, baby".

She was accused of killing the full-term baby then burying the newborn in her parents' backyard in Carlisle. It was just a few days after her senior prom and weeks before she was set to start college. Although abuse of a corpse is an offense that can be sealed after a three-year period, he acknowledged the public way the case unfolded would continue to shape her life.

Last week, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steven Knippen told the jury that Richardson searched online for "how to get rid of a baby" while she was pregnant.

The baby wasn't alive, she said.

Richardson's attorneys have repeatedly admitted she buried the child's remains in her parents' backyard - but they say she only did so after the baby was stillborn and she didn't know what to do with the remains.

Prosecutors said the circumstantial evidence pointed to murder, saying that Richardson had cleaned up a bloody mess and texted her mother that she was "happy" about her belly shrinking after the baby was gone.

Brooke Skylar Richardson makes her first court appearance in Franklin Municipal Court in Franklin, Ohio, on July 21, 2017.

According to prosecutors, Ms Richardson had an "extreme" reaction after being told she was pregnant and did not return for follow-up prenatal visits.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell stated that he believes Richardson had a fair trial, adding that "advocacy on both sides was very well done", according to the report.

"You have a situation where, you know, she's a cute high school, recent high school graduate; she was a cheerleader described (as) a good girl by her lawyer as you heard after the arraignment". "I think that was that Nancy Grace show or whatever".

Bassman told the court that Richardson was terrified of rejection and abandonment by authority figures, which is why she might have concealed her pregnancy.

"What started as an 18-year-old high school girl who was frightened and saddened because of giving birth to a stillborn baby whom she named Annabelle and then telling her doctor of the stillborn and burial in the backyard turned into something sinister and grotesque", one of her representatives told the court.