America’s former cheerleader was acquitted of murdering her baby after her school’s formals succeeded in her bid to seal her conviction record.
Brooke Schuyler Richardson was acquitted of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering a child after a highly publicized murder trial in 2019.
However, a jury found her guilty of gross mistreatment of the corpse.
Prosecutors allege Richardson, who was 18 when she gave birth to a girl named Annabelle in May 2017, crushed the girl’s skull and killed the baby by setting it on fire because she didn’t want to be a single mother. Did.
Richardson always maintained her innocence.
A U.S. court eventually ruled that Annabel was stillborn when Richardson secretly gave birth to her in his parents’ bathroom and buried her in the backyard.
Having served just 14 months of his three-year probation period, Richardson won a recent bid to stop the record of his sensational trial from being released to the public.
The ruling means that everything, including convictions, no longer exists in the criminal justice system, FOX19 NOW report.
With a few exceptions, if Richardson is changed again for a criminal offence, law enforcement will still be able to see the case.
But as the lawyer explained, “It doesn’t make much of a difference. You can’t erase something from the internet.”
After the court revealed the efforts Richardson took to hide her pregnancy, the details of the case shocked the world.
Richardson has always had irregular periods, and when she went to Dr. William Andrews for birth control pills in April 2017, she said she was horrified to find out she was pregnant.
On May 5, 2017, Richardson attended a school formal with her boyfriend Brandon (not Annabelle’s father) and left the festival after feeling sick.
The next day, the cramps intensified, and Richardson felt “something needs to come out” when he went to the bathroom.
The baby girl, white as death and without an umbilical cord, came out without a heartbeat, Richardson said.
Months after burying her daughter, when she was on birth control, doctors questioned her about her pregnancy.
With the baby stillborn, Richardson didn’t think he would get into trouble, but his family doctor alerted authorities.
Two days later, Richardson was questioned by police without his parents or lawyers present.
Police found the baby’s body about two months after she was born.
The now 23-year-old said she was “plagued with guilt” about her decision to keep her pregnancy a secret, saying she wanted to die in Annabelle’s place.
‘I spent a lot of time depressed,’ Richardson said cosmopolitan after the incident is over.
“I wanted to lie down every night and die in Annabelle’s place.
“I wish I had done it differently. I am haunted daily by the guilt I didn’t tell anyone.”
A judge accused her of “grotesque disregard for life” when sentencing, but her lawyers always said she was “an 18-year-old high school girl who is terrified and grieving for having given birth to a stillborn child.” rice field.
Richardson said cosmopolitan She was a grieving mother, not a monster, and visited her daughter’s memorial service “every week.”
“It was very hard to live with the truth, but it was hard to make the whole world think differently,” she said.
“The people who hate me so much and want so much of me do not know me.”
Even though the case was closed more than three years ago and Richardson was acquitted of aggravated murder, manslaughter and endangering a child charges, the story remains widely debated.
Multiple documentaries were aired covering the bombing incident. Killer Case: Cheerleaders on Trialwhose snippets have recently been recirculating on TikTok.
A clip from an episode of 48 hours It shows her court appearance upon her early release from probation, stating that she “suffered in silence” and “regrets it.”
Richardson currently works for her attorney, the father-son team Charlie H. and Charlie M. Littgers, and local reports say she intends to study law.