Prom Horror – An ex-cheerleader’s fight to defend herself against infanticide charge

🎙️Listen: Prom Horror – Brooke Skylar Richardson

This case divides itself into two separate theories. The first, and the camp in which I find myself, is that Annabelle (Skylar’s baby) was according to the mother, a stillborn and there were “no signs of life” at all.

The second theory, popularized by assistant District Attorney David Fornshell, is that Annabelle was born alive. And the mother chose infanticide so she wouldn’t have to carry the responsibilities of raising a child.

Credit: TheSun.co.uk

As for Brooke Richardson’s story, on May 7, 2017, around 3 am, she got up in the middle of the night after needing to urinate and the “pale skin” baby girl was born on the toilet.

Skylar then used a small garden spade to bury her in a spot where she could always see her from her bedroom window.

Credit: Cincinnati.com

One of the main reasons that I believe the plausibility of this event is that neither mom or dad was woken up by, well you know… someone giving birth in their house.

Now, I’m a guy, so yeah I wouldn’t know what it is like to give birth, but I do watch a lot of television and every baby-being-born scene I’ve seen shows the mother screaming in agony – “push, push, breathe” – until finally the baby is introduced to this crazy world.

My point being, if the baby was a malnourished stillborn, wouldn’t it be less painful for the mother to give birth?

 KILLER ON THE CHEER SQUAD 

Richardson graduated with honors from Carlisle High School, and she was scheduled to attend the University of Cincinnati to study psychology.

Credit: Teen Vogue

During her summers, Richardson would work at a camp for kids with disabilities.

In a press release by Warren County prosecutor David Fornshell, both Skylar and her mother are “pretty obsessed about their appearances to the outside world.”

Fornshell also says that Richardson was a “cute girl,” which is super creepy if you think about it.

Fornshell, who also told media outlets that the mother “subsequently burned the infant and buried the infant in the backyard of her own residence,” identifies himself as “extraordinarily pro-life.”

 

 PLAGUED WITH EATING DISORDERS 

According to Cincinnati.com, Skylar was debilitated by eating disorders through her high school career and sometimes fluctuating from 90 to 140 pounds.

Just before her 16th birthday, according to her medical records, Richardson nearly fainted at a cheer competition because at the time she was not eating.

The following is a quote from her mother.

 WHO CARES IF THE BABY WAS SET ON FIRE? 

This case has been tainted from the beginning with false information and recanted statements from experts. Skylar’s attorney has asked the judge to allow them three separate trials to avoid an “impermissible joinder of offenses.”

One of these ‘experts’ who has recanted their statements is forensic pathologist Dr. Elizabeth Murray. Initially, Dr. Murray claimed that the fetus had “charred bones” and inflicted with unexplained skull fractures. This statement is tremendous to make in support of the prosecution, as noted earlier from David Fornshell, “subsequently burned the infant and buried the infant in the backyard of her own residence.”

The media took this story and created a ‘Tabloid Hell,’ which, in my opinion, makes Brooke Richardson’s right to a fair trial nearly impossible now.

I mean who wouldn’t find the” Cheerleader, 18, ‘smashed her newborn daughter’s skull, set her on fire and buried her in garden’ days after her school prom’ – actual headline from TheSun, guilty?

So yeah, it is a pretty big deal that Dr. Murray screwed up, and when questioned by People magazine about the mistake, Dr. Murray responded with this statement.


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SOURCES I USED FOR THIS EPISODE

BROOKE SKYLAR RICHARDSON INTRODUCTORY APPEAL

Ohio Cheerleader Buries Her Baby’s Body And Asks For Charges To Be Dismissed. (2019, August 23). Retrieved from https://www.yourtango.com/2019327245/who-brooke-skylar-richardson-new-details-ohio-cheerleader-who-buried-babys-body-and-now-wants-charges-dropped

Chopra, S. (2018). Skylar Richardson: Life becomes tabloid nightmare for family. Cincinnati.com. Retrieved from https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/09/05/life-becomes-tabloid-nightmare-carlisle-family/1159855002

Angela Ingram, W. (2017). Grand jury indicts Ohio teen on aggravated murder charges for burned, buried baby. WKRC. Retrieved from https://local12.com/news/local/grand-jury-indicts-teen-on-aggravated-murder-charges-for-buried-baby

Chopra, S. (2018). Skylar Richardson: Life becomes tabloid nightmare for family. Cincinnati.com. Retrieved from https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/09/05/life-becomes-tabloid-nightmare-carlisle-family/1159855002

Birchall, G. (2019). Cheerleader, 18, ‘smashed her newborn daughter’s skull, set her on fire and buried her in garden’ days after h. Sun. Retrieved from https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9766566/cheerleader-killed-baby-prom-brooke-skylar-richardson-ohio

Ohio Cheerleader Who Admitted to Burying Newborn’s Body Wants Charges Dismissed. (2019, August 27). Retrieved from https://people.com/crime/brooke-sylar-richardson-ohio-cheerleader-wants-charges-dismissed

Hager, S. (2019). Skylar Richardson’s attorneys claim prejudice in baby death trial, ask for 3 separate trials. https://www.fox19.com. Retrieved from https://www.fox19.com/2019/07/03/skylar-richardsons-attorneys-claim-prejudice-baby-death-trial-ask-separate-trials

Defense asks for dismissal of Carlisle buried baby case. (2019, August 01). Retrieved from https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/warren-county/defense-asks-for-dismissal-of-carlisle-buried-baby-case-because-of-recanted-testimony

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grace
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grace

One of the reasons I love y’all is the structure of the podcast- it’s like sitting around with friends, drinking, shooting the shit and talking murder. If some people cannot appreciate that, sucks to be them As for the case: I think she wanted the birth control pills so she could show her mom, so mom wouldn’t know she was pregnant. Dr. shouldn’t have been able to tell mom about pregnancy bc of HIPPA (privacy laws regarding patients). Cheerleader is also a huge part of some high schoolers identity, some win national trophies and such at cheer competitions….was her team… Read more »

Anthony Jochimsen
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Anthony Jochimsen

The false information is astonishing in this case. I’ll preface this by saying I have a 9 month old daughter, and she’s all I could picture when Jon was describing the head bashing and setting on fire of a live baby. My immediate reaction was that I’ll go take care of Skyler myself if the justice system doesn’t. It’s unbelievable how easily fake news is spread! I’m outraged by the idea that the medical examiner openly lied about the body being set on fire. From a legal (and moral) standpoint, I don’t think we can believe the head bashing story… Read more »

Jen Collins
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Jen Collins

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Tony I agree- I don’t think that the prosecuter being pro-life is too relevant here- like I said during the episode most people are anti-murder no matter where they stand on the life issue.

Barbara Pascarelli
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Barbara Pascarelli

Such a sad story all around. I think Skyler reacted as many teenager girls would under the circumstances. The pregnancy was denied because although she knew she was pregnant, in her mind she could just ignore it. When the time came to actually give birth the reality of this struck her hard. We will never know if the baby was still born or not therefore prosecution for this is not possible. However, the trauma of this situation definitely had an impact on her and she needs some serious therapy. That being said she does need to help accountable on some… Read more »

Barbara Pascarelli
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Barbara Pascarelli

What are the thoughts on the statements read in court regarding Skylar texting her mom that her “belly is back omg i am never ever evetrrr letting it ger like this again your about to see me look freaking better than before”. I just read this from a news posting.

grace
Talko Supremo
grace

I keep coming back to her just being a terrified teen. If she’s hiding a pregnancy, maybe she’s bitching about gaining weight to her parents as a misdirect? That text, in that context could just be her trying to reinforce the whole “OMG, I gained so much weight this year and I’ve been going to the gym and working hard, and look mom, it’s working…” kind of denial. She is probably wearing baggy clothes, mom is probably trying to be supportive of any healthy seeming way to deal with it…..though with a history of disordered eating, you don’t know if… Read more »