Teen Cheer Camp Volunteer Charged With Killing Baby And Burying Body In Parents' Yard

The body was found July 14, following a tip from a doctor's office.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A teen mom is facing homicide charges after the body of her infant was found in her family's backyard. According to the Dayton Daily News, Brooke Skylar Richardson was charged Friday with reckless homicide after her 2-month-old was found buried in her parents' backyard in Carlisle, Ohio. 

Authorities are treating the case as an ongoing investigation. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the charge “is based upon evidence that the infant whose remains were discovered at the defendant’s residence in Carlisle one week ago today was born alive and was not a stillborn baby.” 

In a complaint, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandi Carter shared a timeline of the incident: “On or about May 7, 2017, one Brooke Richardson … did recklessly cause the death of another, or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.” The body was found July 14, following a tip from a doctor's office. Authorities are still waiting on a final report from the Coroner's Office about the cause of death.

The 18-year-old defendant spent two minutes in court on Friday at arraignment. Richardson's attorney told reporters outside that she is a good person who even helps kids with disabilities at a cheer camp. She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person." 

The preliminary hearing is set August 1 and her legal team has pled not guilty. She faces one to five years in prison if convicted.

 [Photo: Warren County Sheriff's Office]

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