Is teen mom accused of killing newborn getting off too easy?
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The aggravated murder case against a teenage mother accused of killing and burying her own newborn infant in her backyard is exploding on social media.
Some people already calling Brooke "Skylar" Richardson, 18, the next Casey Anthony, saying she is being treated too well by the justice system.
A Warren County judge issued a gag order Thursday after Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell confirmed what we knew two weeks ago: the baby was, in fact, a girl.
There's a growing movement on Facebook to fight for justice for that baby girl lost.
Supporters of that movement are calling her "Baby Carlisle," though Fornshell says court officials now refer to her as "Baby Jane Doe".
They're planning to be vocal, to picket and protest.
Some people tell us they're worried. They are urging pushing for others to write the prosecutor and the judge so that fragile life was not lost in vain.
Social media is exploding, and people are paying attention to the numbers and to other cases, saying Richardson is already getting preferential treatment, starting with a low bond and home confinement.
"I think it was a kick in Fornshell's face," one woman told us. "When he asked for a million dollar bond and she got out on $50,000."
"I literally have nightmares every night," the woman told us, in somewhat graphic detail. "All I can do is pray, because the only person that matters in this whole case, is that precious baby girl."
"The Kinsley Kinnard case, I want to say the mother of that case was $250,000, the boyfriend was $1 million. You just had the Franklin lawyer case, I believe it was burglary, he had a $100,000 bond," another man told us.
But keeping her baby, Fornshell said in a news conference last week, was never an option.
"That was something that was simply not going to be accepted in that household, at least by Skylar and her mother," said Fornshell.
The baby girl he said, was murdered, then burned in the family fire pit and buried in the back yard, gory details, which are tearing people in the county apart.
"But we have all these people, because she's a blond, pretty cheerleader, with mommy and daddy's money, oh poor, poor pitiful Brooke, she was just afraid of her mom. No!," the woman was emphatic. "She was an adult!"
A group is planning to picket and protest outside Skylar's next pre-trial hearing, calling for justice for Baby Jane Doe.
They said, with a gag order in place, it's time for the community now, to be the voice for that little baby girl.
We did some extensive background searching on the family, and here's what we've found out so far:
The teen's father, Scott Richardson, has no criminal history aside from traffic violations and an OVI back in 2005.
He was, however, briefly a member of the Carlisle Village Council in 2011, winning a seat vacated by another council member.
This was disputed by rival Terry Johnson and after the Ohio Supreme Court heard the case, Richardson had to step down.
As for the teen's mother, Kim Richardson, who was seen in her daughter's second court appearance wearing sunglasses in court, a search of her background provided no criminal information.
Their daughter faces life in prison.She is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse,tampering with evidence and child endangering.
She was a pretty and popular cheerleader now accused of a hideous crime, killing, burning & burying her baby in the backyard.
She has no criminal past and with no means beyond her family, is why some suspect the judge let her out on a $50,000 bond.
And by all accounts, this family concerned about keeping up appearances, has a mountain of legal obstacles ahead.
"Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, we pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appeared to the outside world," Fornshell said.
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