A young Ohio woman accused of having taken her baby's life was acquitted of murder and manslaughter, and found guilty of abusing the body of her newborn. The judge in the case sentenced her on time, so she was released this Friday.
Brooke Skylar Richardson was sentenced to seven days in prison for gross abuse of a corpse - for burying the lifeless girl in the courtyard of her parents' home after her birth - but since Richardson had spent seven days in jail while conducting the trial, the young cheerleader was released.
Richardson must serve three years of probation and, if he violates it, he could be in prison for up to one year, according to PEOPLE.
"I'm forever sorry," she said before turning to see the baby's father's family. "Sorry".
Judge Donald Oda ordered that the remains of the baby, whom the mother named Annabelle, be released to the Richardson family after two years of serving as evidence in the case. The judge made the cheerleader's father promise to give the girl a proper burial.
For his part, whoever was the baby's paternal grandmother expressed his pain before the judge and assured that his son, the girl's father, has never been the same since his death.
"Two years, four months and a week. That would be my granddaughter if she were here,”said Tracy Johnson.
But who is Brooke Skylar Richardson?
Before being arrested, she was an enthusiastic high school cheerleader preparing to attend college. What few knew was about the eating disorder she suffered and how obsessed she was with her weight and her image.
According to reports, Richardson had struggled with her weight since she was 12, so it was normal for her parents to gain a few pounds as they were unaware that she was pregnant.
According to the evidence presented in court, Richardson's mother was obsessed with her daughter's weight and the girl wanted her mother to accept her at all costs - so she did whatever was necessary to please her mother.
In the days after the baby died, Brooke constantly texted her mother about her weight loss, which her mother supported. Ten days after the girl was buried, Brooke told her mother that in one of her classes they announced that she had lost 20 pounds and that her classmates applauded her achievement, so her mother called her "hero."
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