A former American entertainer has been acquitted of murdering her baby after her high school senior successfully won her bid to have her conviction records sealed.
Brooke Skylar Richardson was acquitted of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after a widely publicized murder trial in 2019.
However, jurors found her guilty of aggravated abuse of a corpse.
Prosecutors said Richardson, who was 18 when she gave birth to a baby girl she named Annabelle in May 2017, killed her baby by crushing the little girl’s skull and then set her on fire because she didn’t want to be a mother. unmarried
Richardson always protested his innocence.
A US court ultimately ruled that Annabelle was dead when Richardson secretly gave birth to her in the bathroom of her parents’ home and buried her in the backyard.
Now Richardson, who served just 14 months of his three-year probation, has won a recent bid to stop the general public from viewing records of the sensational court case.
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The sentence means that everything, including the conviction, no longer exists in the criminal justice system, FOX19 NOW reported
There are some exceptions, with law enforcement still able to see the case if Richardson is again charged with a criminal offense.
But, as explained by a lawyer, “it doesn’t make much difference, you can’t delete things from the internet”.
Details of the case shocked the world after Richardson’s efforts to conceal her pregnancy were revealed in court.
Richardson always had irregular periods and said she was horrified to learn she was pregnant when she went to Dr William Andrew to ask for birth control pills in April 2017.
On May 5, 2017, Richardson attended her school formal with her boyfriend Brandon, who was not Annabelle’s father, and left the festivities because she was not feeling well.
The next day, the cramps intensified and Richardson felt “something had to come out” when she went to the bathroom.
One baby girl, deathly white with no umbilical cord attached, emerged without a heartbeat, Richardson said, leading to her decision to bury the child and not tell anyone.
When she tried birth control a few months after burying her daughter, the doctor asked her about the pregnancy.
Although Richardson thought there would be no problems because the baby was stillborn, the GP alerted the authorities.
Two days later, Richardson was being questioned by police without her parents or a lawyer present.
Police found the baby’s remains about two months after she gave birth.
The now 23-year-old said she was “wracked with guilt” over her decision to keep her pregnancy a secret and wished she had died instead of Annabelle.
“I spent a lot of time depressed,” Richardson said. cosmopolitan after the case is concluded.
“Every night, I would lie down and wish I had died instead of Annabelle.
“I wish I had done it differently. I’m plagued with guilt every day for not telling anyone.”
The judge criticized her “grotesque disregard for life” in sentencing, but her lawyers always maintained that she was “an 18-year-old high school girl who was scared and saddened to have given birth to a dead baby.”
Richardson said cosmopolitan she was a grieving mother, not a monster, who visited her daughter’s memorial “every week”.
“It was very difficult to live knowing the truth, but for the whole world to think otherwise,” he said.
“People who hate me so much and wish horrible things on me don’t know me either.”
Although the case was closed more than three years ago, when Richardson was found not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, the story is being talked about as much as ever.
Several documentaries covering the bomb case have been broadcast, including Killer Cases: Cheerleader on Trialsnippets of which have recently been recirculated on TikTok.
A clip from an episode of 48 hours shows her court appearance when she was released from parole early, in which she says she is “suffering in silence” and has “remorse.”
Richardson now works for his attorneys, father-son team Charlie H. and Charlie M. Rittgers, and local reports indicate that he intends to attend law school.
Originally published as New twist on Brooke Skylar Richardson’s secret baby case