Grand jury indicts Ohio teen on aggravated murder charges for burned, buried baby
CARLISLE, Ohio (WKRC) - Brooke Skylar Richardson had a promising future. The 18-year-old graduated from Carlisle High School and she was headed to the University of Cincinnati to study in the Fall.
Many who knew her are still trying to wrap their heads around what happened. Kasey Isaacs graduated two years before Richardson.
"She was a pretty decent girl from what I saw on school. She didn't really bother anybody. It's crazy," Isaacs said.
Friday, a grand jury indicted Richardson. She faces charges of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
Richardson was previously charged with reckless homicide in the case. Investigators found bones buried at the property on Eagle Ridge Drive in July. They initially thought they were those of a stillborn baby that had been buried 10-12 weeks before they were discovered.
"I'm currently pregnant and I could not put myself in her shoes. There's no way. I just couldn't," said Isaacs.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says Richardson gave birth in early May at the family home on Eagle Ridge, killing the baby shortly afterwards. On July 14th, after getting a tip, investigators found the remains burned and buried behind the family's Carlisle home. Originally, investigators believed the remains were of a stillborn, but the prosecutor says testing showed that the baby was born alive.
"I didn't expect this really at all especially around here. It was a definite shocked to see all of the police and all of the news crews come up and then all of the information that got released. It came as a great shock and it's very disturbing," said neighbor Sam Jeffries, who is familiar with the family.
The prosecutor says more will come out after the trial. As for a motive, he believes from Richardson's perspective, keeping the baby was not an option.
"Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, were pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appear to the outside world and you have a situation where she's a cute, recent graduate. She was a cheerleader, a described 'good girl' by her attorney," said Fornshell.
Richardson is expected in court on Monday. The prosecutor says he will likely seek a high bond considering the seriousness of the charges. The prosecutor did have the option of seeking the death penalty, but has chosen not to in this case.