Young Ohio mother ac­quit­ted by jury of killing new­born

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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