Young Ohio mother acquitted by jury of killing newborn
LEBANON, Ohio — A young Ohio mother who prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard just days after her senior prom so that she could keep her “perfect life” was acquitted of murder Thursday.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, began shaking and sobbing while a judge read the not guilty verdicts on aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.
She had faced up to life in prison on the most serious charge.
Richardson, though, was found guilty of corpse abuse by the Warren County jury that deliberated for four hours. She’ll be sentenced Friday. The charge carries a potential sentence of up to one year in prison, but as a first-time offender, she could get probation.