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A former Ohio cheerleader accused of killing her newborn daughter before burning her and burying her in her parents' backyard is suffering from eating disorders and weighs just 82 pounds.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, had been charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse in July 2017.
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She was present at Warren County Common Pleas Court earlier this month for a procedural hearing ahead of her trial, which is due to begin on September 3.
Her lawyer, Charles M Rittgers, said she is suffering from anorexia and bulimia and confirmed her weight and treatment, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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'They are holding up and coping the best they can,' he said of the Richardson family.
Attorneys and prosecutors met in Judge Donald Oda II’s chambers privately for discussions relating to the trial, which is expected to last three weeks, on July 1. Richardson has been out on bond since August 2017.
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Charles H. Rittgers, also an attorney for Richardson claimed: 'I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the case.
'Skylar’s case is different because of social media and the intense media coverage. That adds an extra layer to the anxiety of properly defending your client when you have that kind of media scrutiny.'
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Richardson was just 18 years old when she tearfully admitted to a doctor that her baby had been stillborn and she had buried it at her parents' home in the village of Carlisle, which is north of Cincinnati.
It was just a month before she was due to start college and days after her senior prom in May 2017.
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She has maintained the baby was delivered stillborn. Skylar's prom photo, taken two days before she gave birth shows a visible bump but her parents claim they were never aware their daughter was pregnant.
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