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Brooke Skylar Richardson, 20, was acquitted Thursday of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of her newborn daughter who was found buried in her family’s backyard.
The young Ohio woman, who was accused of killing her baby girl and burying her in the backyard, was, nevertheless, found guilty of abuse of a corpse and scheduled for sentencing Friday, reported NBC affiliate WDTN.
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Richardson potentially faced life in prison had she been convicted of the murder charge. She now faces a potential sentence of up to one year in prison, but could be placed on probation since she is a first-time offender.
Richardson’s lawyers argued in her defense that she named her newborn daughter Annabelle and was scared and saddened because her baby was stillborn, reported NBC affiliate WLWT.
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According to that report, Richardson’s case created a firestorm in her hometown of Carlisle, “with Facebook pages devoted to it and some critics trying to record the Richardson family’s comings and goings for social media.”
On two occasions, Richardson’s attorneys requested to move the trial that was receiving daily coverage on Court TV, arguing the intensified publicity had been driven by prosecutors. The judge denied these motions, however.
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Prosecutors argued Richardson was upset she became pregnant and wanted to live out her “perfect life,” including her plan to attend the University of Cincinnati. They claimed the former cheerleader hid her pregnancy and buried the newborn...
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