Ohio v Richardson: Guilty of Burying Her Baby

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

In Ohio Friday, 20-year-old Brooke “Skylar” Richardson faced sentencing for the charge of abuse of a corpse. She had given a stillborn birth to her daughter, Annabelle, in her home two years prior. The sentencing for Ohio v Richardson commenced at 11:00 AM EDT. Yesterday, a jury found Skylar not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering children. However, they did find her guilty of abuse of a corpse. As such, she faced up to a year in prison.

Ohio code 2927.01 reads as follows:

(A) No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that the person knows would outrage reasonable family sensibilities.

(B) No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities.

(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of abuse of a corpse, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of gross abuse of a corpse, a felony of the fifth degree.

Ohio v Richardson Concludes

The defense held a press conference after the trial and seemed pleased with the outcome. A reporter asked the question, “Is Skylar satisfied with the outcome?” Defense attorney Charles H. Rittgers responded, “What do you think? Come on, seriously. She’s facing life in prison and now she’s looking at maybe a six months’ sentence, maximum.”

Rittgers continued, concurring that charges against Skylar were excessive and that the state blew this case out of proportion. He also added that they never received the interrogation tapes that contained her false confession until months after her indictment.

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Moreover, Rittgers revealed that Skylar completed a semester of college while this tragedy swirled around her. As far as Rittgers knows, she wants to go back to college.

After hearing the statement from paternal grandmother Mrs. Johnson, Rittgers asks that her time in house arrest be enough of a sentence for Skylar. As of today, Skylar is only 89 lbs. During the case, she had to go to the ER due to low potassium levels. She suffers from a severe eating disorder which the ordeal has seemingly worsened. After Rittgers concluded, Skylar had the opportunity to speak. She gave a brief statement: “Thank you; I would do anything you ask, and above. I just want to say how sorry I am, and I can be selfish, but I’d like to think that I’ve become better.”

The Sentencing: Skylar Goes Home

Judge Oda replied, “What often gets overlooked is often how precious life is … I firmly believe, in fact, I know in my heart that if you had made different decisions, in this case, Annabelle would be here today … your choices before birth, during birth, and after birth show a grotesque disregard of life.”

After finishing his remarks, Judge Oda sentenced her to three years of basic supervision. He ordered seven days in the county jail, but due to time she’s already spent there, Skylar will be going home today after two long years of worry in the Ohio v Richardson case.

Following the sentencing, Judge Oda made father Scott give his word that Annabelle would receive a proper burial. Upon hearing this, he ruled that the state will deliver Annabelle’s body to the Richardson family.


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