In July 2017, an Ohio woman was accused of murdering her newborn and burying the baby's body in her backyard. The woman, 18-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson, allegedly hid her pregnancy from her family and friends, even the baby's father. She was just 17 when she gave birth to the baby girl in the bathroom of her family's home, two days after she attended her senior year prom. After telling her gynecologist she'd given birth and buried the baby in the backyard, the doctor alerted authorities and the body was located.
Richardson was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment, is currently on trial. She has pleaded not guilty and maintains that the baby was stillborn, but prosecutors allege that Richardson's desire to keep up appearances and not be saddled with a baby at such a young age led her to kill the baby.
In court on Thursday, they introduced evidence that they say bolster the state's claims and point to Richardson's guilt.
Prosecutors played a recording from the interview with investigators Richardson gave in 2017. In April 2017, Richardson visited her doctor to get a prescription for birth control pills, but found out that she was approximately 32 weeks pregnant by then. She told Dr. William Andrew that she wasn't ready to tell her family about the pregnancy, and needed a prescription to show her mother, who was in the waiting room. He gave her a prescription, but urged her to return for prenatal care. Over the course of the next several weeks, Dr. Andrew repeatedly called Richardson, but never heard back from her. During the interview with police, Richardson said that she never returned the doctor's calls because she was scared and told investigators, "I didn’t really want to have my baby. I really don’t know what I planned to do." She also told investigators that she looked into having an abortion, but that she was too far along in her pregnancy.
During the same interview, Richardson's parents enter the room, and the young woman can be heard begging for their forgiveness. Prosecutors also allege that Richardson searched "how to get rid of a baby" after learning she was pregnant. They say that the interviews with police, coupled with Richardson's conduct after learning she was pregnant, point to her guilt.