WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Day two of testimony included police interrogation of the Carlisle teen accused of killing her newborn baby girl, burning her, and burying her in the backyard of her parents’ house in May 2017.
Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, who is now 20, is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering.
The video was played for the jury where Richardson talked to Warren Co. Sheriff Lt. John Faine about how she went to the OBGYN asking for birth control but confirmed her suspicions that she in fact was pregnant.
“I wanted to get on birth control - my mom helped me make it [the appointment],” she said. “I kind of had a feeling and I was lost. My parents were going to kill me I didn’t want to tell them... but now they’re going to know."
When asked about what she told the OBGYN what happened she responded, “That I had to have the baby and it wasn’t alive. I didn’t kill her though.”
Richardson told interrogators she knew she was going to have the baby on the night of May 7 because she could feel something had to come out and when she pushed her out she wasn’t breathing.
She then said she never meant to hurt the baby and she “had to bury her.”
“So you decided you needed to bury her because everyone deserves a burial,” Faine asked.
“She deserves better,” she responded crying. “I just dug a little hole in my backyard and put her in it.”
Faine then asked if she helped herself with an abortion.
“I looked at how to have an abortion without going to the doctor... but I never did anything,” she said.
Richardson apologized to detectives multiple times and said she should have told her mom and asked multiple times if she was in trouble or going to jail.
She said she had only visited the spot where she buried her baby once.
Richardson’s parents then joined her in the interrogation room.
She told them she was given prescription birth control pills and took them when she was pregnant. She said the doctor didn’t say anything about not taking them.
“There’s no way the doctor should’ve given you a prescription pill if you were pregnant,” her dad said.
She responded “I don’t know.”
Her dad asked if she thought she would get away with this.
“I had the baby and it wasn’t breathing. I didn’t kill it. I held it really tight... it’s the only thing I can think of,” Richardson said.
Richardson asked her parents several times if they still loved her and they replied that they did, but she found little comfort from her mom and dad on what she had just been through.
“There’s nothing we can do now. It’s in the papers. We’re in the news. The neighbors are already calling me,” her mom said after learning of the allegations.
“It makes me sick...I’m losing my child and I’ve done everything right," her mom added.
On Wednesday, opening arguments began and several witnesses took the stand including the baby’s father, Trey Johnson, two OBGYN’s from Hilltop OBGYN, deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove.
The prosecution presented text messages she sent to her mom shortly after giving birth.
“I’m literally speechless with how happy I am. My belly is back omg I am never ever ever letting it get like this again. you’re about to see me look freaking better than before omg," one message read.
“I’m literally so excited now just for dinner to wear something cute. My belly is back now I am taking this opportunity to make it amazing,” the message read," the other message read.
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Defense attorney Charlie Rittgers said those texts to her mother about her weight were common in her life for six years and her mother was really obsessive about Richardson losing weight.
“90 to 140 pounds her whole life. Her weight would fluctuate her entire life. She would miss a period for an entire year at times. Up and down constantly and the people around her did not know she was pregnant,” he said.
Seven women and five men sit on the jury. Three alternates of two women and one man were selected.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
It unknown if Richardson will testify in her own defense.
If convicted on all charges, Richardson could be sentenced to prison for the rest of her life.