Brooke Skylar Richardson, an 18-year-old cheerleader, was arrested after police discovered that she had given birth to a child, and buried it alive in her backyard.
The remains were uncovered by authorities in the teenager’s home premises in Ohio last week. Doctors said the autopsy showed that the child had been alive when it was buried.
Authorities said they investigated the case only because of a tip-off from a doctor.
The Daily Mail reports:
Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandi Carter wrote in the complaint that ‘on or about May 7, 2017’ Richardson ‘did recklessly cause the death of another, or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy’.
Authorities determined the infant died more than two months ago and only found the child’s remains because of a tip from a doctor’s office.
Before Friday’s court appearance, Richardson’s attorney Charles Rittgers had already entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.
Rittgers praised Richardson for being a good student who just graduated high school and is planning to go to college at the University of Cincinnati.
‘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,’ Rittgers told the Dayton Daily News.
Rittgers also said Richardson helped children with disabilities at a cheer camp and worked at the YMCA with kids.
Richardson was booked into the county jail, but released on $15,000 bond.
If she is found guilty, she will spend between 1-5 years in prison.