18-year-old to answer to more serious charges in baby's death
WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A teenager accused of killing her baby will face a judge for a second time to face more serious charges including, aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Brooke "Skylar" Richardson faces the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison..
Richardson was originally charged with reckless homicide. A grand jury indicted her on the more serious charges on Friday.
Investigators said Richardson gave birth to a child in early May at her family's home. She's accused of causing the baby's death, burning its body and burying it behind the family's home.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell spoke about the charges as well as a possible motive.
"Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, were pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appeared 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."
Fornshell did have the option of seeking the death penalty in the case but has chosen not to do so.
So far no one else has been charged but that could change moving forward. Richardson is scheduled to appear at the Warren County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7.