Defense wants OB-GYN testimony blocked in teen mom murder trial

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The attorney for the teen mom accused of killing her newborn has moved to block testimony from her doctor, who police say, tipped them off to the baby buried in her backyard, citing patient-client privilege.

According to the motion, the order is "prohibiting the State from presenting testimony protected by the physician-patient privilege, specifically, any communication between Brooke and doctors and staff at Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology."

Police received the tip on July 14, 2017 from Hilltop OB-GYB Casey Boyce in reference to a "stillborn infant," according to an incident report.

The counsel submitted that all communications by Skylar Richardson are kept confidential.

A court spokesperson said "there is a good chance the disposition of these motions will affect Monday's trial date."

Jury selection for Richardson's trial was set to begin Monday.

During a brief hearing earlier this week, both sides appeared before the judge stating they were ready to move forward with the trial after no plea deal was offered.

Richardson, now 19, is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering.

The former high school cheerleader, then 18-years-old, is accused of killing her newborn baby "Annabelle", burning the remains in the family's fire pit and then burying the remains in the backyard.

Shortly after her arrest last year, Prosecutor David Fornshell said Richardson "purposely" caused the death of her baby. He described Richardson's high-pressure life with a family "obsessed" with external appearances.

In an interview with Cincinnati Magazine, family members supported Richardson's innocence and claimed that no one except the teen knew about the pregnancy until she gave birth to a stillborn baby.

Her trial is scheduled to begin in on Monday, April 16.

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