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CrimeBaby death trial: Brooke Skylar Richardson was sexually abused, psychologist testifies

19:11  11 september  2019
19:11  11 september  2019 Source:   cincinnati.com

Skylar Richardson trial: Attorney blasts police who investigated case

Skylar Richardson trial: Attorney blasts police who investigated case The 20-year-old former high school cheerleader is charged with aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of her newborn girl.

As Brooke Skylar Richardson 's trial entered its second week, her defense attorneys made their case. Richardson was charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment in the death of her newborn infant.

The murder trial for Brooke Skylar Richardson , now 20, will begin Sept. Earlier this month, Richardson ’s attorneys requested the charges against her be dropped, claiming that a witness who testified before the grand jury changed her opinion about whether the newborn's bones had been

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LEBANON - When Brooke Skylar Richardson went out to eat with friends, she would surprise them at the end of their meals.

Richardson would stack the plates and silverware, grab a napkin and wipe the table clean. She didn't want the waitress to have any extra work, her classmate testified on Wednesday.

And if her food came out wrong, Richardson wouldn't tell anyone. She didn't want to cause problems and always wanted to please people. She wiped away tears as her friend left the stand.

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Skylar Richardson trial: 'My belly is back omg' Prosecutors read text messages between Brooke Skylar Richardson and her mother, hours after police say she killed her newborn daughter.

Brooke Skylar Richardson told police her newborn baby was stillborn. Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment in the death of her newborn infant.

Brooke " Skylar " Richardson , center, talks with defense attorney Charles M. Rittgers, left, and her The public had the chance to hear from Brooke “ Skylar ” Richardson for the first time Thursday when a two The trial is expected to last two weeks. It unknown if Richardson will testify in her own defense.

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Although Richardson was a cheerleader and popular in high school, a teacher at Carlisle High School testified; she was friends with a wide variety of people.

At lunch, she often sat with a student who has autism – so he didn't have to sit alone.

Richardson is charged with aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter. She is accused of deliberately killing her newborn child and burying her in the backyard in 2017.

Her attorneys say Richardson had a stillbirth and didn't know what else to do but bury the child. If convicted, she could spend the rest of her life in prison.

Baby death trial: Brooke Skylar Richardson was sexually abused, psychologist testifies© NICK GRAHAM/JOURNAL-NEWS/POOL, NICK GRAHAM/JOURNAL-NEWS Brooke "Skylar" Richardson sits in the Warren County Common Pleas Court during her trial Monday, September 9, 2019. The 20-year-old is accused of killing and burying her baby in the backyard of her Carlisle home. Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment in the death of her newborn infant. She faces the possibility of life in prison. NICK GRAHAM/JOURNAL-NEWS/POOL

On Wednesday, these witnesses likely were called to convince jurors Richardson can be easily manipulated and desperately wanted to please people. Her attorneys have said Richardson gave police a false confession.

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Brooke Skylar Richardson : What happened in first week of baby death trial Albert Cesare, [email protected] Brooke " Skylar " Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment

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A psychologist testified Richardson suffers from a "personality disorder" in which she feels like she must comply to authority figures. He said Richardson was terrified of rejection and abandonment. He said it was remarkable she ever denied the allegations in her police interviews.

Richardson would retreat into a "very lonely, isolated world," the psychologist said in court. Dr. Stuart Bassman was hired by Richardson's attorneys to examine her after she was charged in this case. He said he spent more than 10 hours interviewing Richardson, reviewed police documents and spoke to her parents.

Richardson developed this disorder because of her upbringing and also her biological makeup.

Another factor, the psychologist testified, was Richardson said she was sexually abused by a boy she looked up to when she was 12.

Prosecutors objected to the statements about sexual abuse and little else was said about them.

Skylar Richardson trial: Prosecutors play 2nd police interrogation video for jurors

Skylar Richardson trial: Prosecutors play 2nd police interrogation video for jurors The prosecution is expected to continue Monday in the murder trial of Skylar Richardson, who is accused of killing and burying her newborn baby in her backyard in 2017. 

Brooke Skylar Richardson will be back in court Monday for Day 5 of her trial , which began Tuesday with jury selection followed by three days of testimony. Richardson is charged with aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter. She is accused of deliberately killing her baby and burying her

" Brooke Skylar Richardson did not kill her baby ," he said, adding that he has seen no evidence "that supports the prosecutor's claim." She agreed to testify at the trial , and the prosecution added her to their list of subpoenaed witnesses, but even Morris was surprised when I told her I'd gotten her name

During questioning, and after the sexual abuse revelation, the prosecution made it clear most of the information the psychologist relied upon came from Richardson herself.

That information was not always verified, said Assistant Prosecutor Julie Kraft. The prosecutor said Richardson mostly feared her parents – not law enforcement.

Testimony is ongoing.

The prosecution rested its case earlier this week. The defense team is expected to call witnesses on Wednesday to testify about Richardson's character and other issues in the case.

The Enquirer will update this story.

Sonia Chopra contributed.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Baby death trial: Brooke Skylar Richardson was sexually abused, psychologist testifies

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