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Teen accused in Carlisle baby's death appears in court, bond set at $50k

Brooke "Skylar" Richardson appears in court Monday, August 7. (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: Richardson posted bond to get out of jail and was placed under house arrest. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell asked for a $1 million bail, but Judge Donald Oda II set it at $50,000.

"The court felt like they cooperated up until this point," Fornshell said.

The family also voluntarily turned over their passports as an assurance to the judge.


WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A judge has set bond at $50,000 for 18-year-old Brooke "Skylar" Richardson.

Richardson appeared in court Monday morning in Warren County after a grand jury indicted her on charges of Aggravated Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Child Endangering, Tampering with Evidence and Gross Abuse of a Corpse. A judge has also ruled that Richardson will be monitored electronically if she does make bail. Prosecutors had asked for Richardson's bail to be set at $1 million.

"I can tell you that Brooke Skylar Richardson did not kill her baby," defense attorney Charles Rittgers said.

Investigators say the teen had her baby some time between May 6 and May 7 at her home on Eagle Ridge Drive, burned the baby and then buried it in the backyard of her home. According to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, the series of events happened within a span of a few hours. Officials measured the bone length of the baby, and said their best estimate is that the child was full term, or between 38 and 40 weeks in gestation. The grand jury did determine there was enough evidence that the baby was born alive to indict her on the multiple charges. Fornshell said his office will not seek the death penalty in Richardson's case.


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