Richardson at her first court appearance. (FOX19 NOW)
Investigators search around the fire pit outside the Richardson home. (FOX19 NOW)
Brooke "Skylar" Richardson (Warren County Jail)
CARLISLE, OH (FOX19 NOW) -
The infant found buried in a Warren County backyard was born alive, according to Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell.
18-year-old Brooke “Skylar” Richardson is charged with one count of reckless homicide after investigators found human remains buried in her backyard on July 14.
The baby remains were discovered in a shallow grave outside the Eagle Ridge Drive home. Preliminary reports suggested the baby could have been stillborn, but evidence shows otherwise, the prosecutor wrote on Facebook Friday night.
The remains had likely been in the backyard for 10 to 12 weeks, according to Warren County Detective Lieutenant Jon Faine.
Investigators returned to the home Thursday to collect samples in and around a fire pit in the yard. Authorities announced Richardson's arrest several hours later.
A warrant filed Thursday in Franklin Municipal Court claims Richardson did “recklessly cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy” around May 7.
She pleaded not guilty in her first court appearance Friday.
Richardson just graduated high school and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati, according to her attorney, Charlie Rittgers.
“She didn’t drink, she wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl,” Rittgers said. She was a high school cheerleader who worked at the YMCA with children with special needs.