Ohio mom on trial for murder, gets help from Planned Parenthood, Virginia governor.
The trial of a teenage cheerleader accused of murdering her baby and burying her in the backyard has been shown photos of her posing with a huge baby bump at prom two days before she gave birth.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, is on trial in Lebanon, Ohio, for allegedly murdering her baby in May 2017 then burying her in her backyard.
Skylar, as she is known, was 18 at the time and had told no one she was pregnant, including the baby’s teenage father who she’d had a brief fling with. She says the baby was a stillborn and that she delivered her in the middle of the night on the toilet while her parents were asleep.
Prosecutors however say she killed the baby then set fire to her tiny corpse to try to conceal that she had given birth. She was arrested in July after confessing to a gynecologist that she’d had the baby – who she called Annabelle – and buried her in her backyard.
Prosecutors rested their case against her on Monday with a video taped confession where she described taking a lighter to the baby’s foot.
Richardson’s defense team is getting some unsurprising help from a couple of sources. First, Planned Parenthood which is the largest abortion provider in the world, has weighed in on the trial. “We fully support this young women – as we do for all young women – who are seeking empowerment. And nothing sings of empowerment like doing away with a baby. Take it from us,” the spokesperson continued, “we know about this kind of empowerment.”
Also joining the chorus for the defense is Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Northam, a pediatrician by
profession made headlines when he spoke in favor of late-term abortions: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Richardson’s defense plans to call the Virginia Gov/Pediatrician as an expert witness. Northam, speaking to reporters on his way to the airport, doubled down on his previous statements: “So she didn’t have a discussion with a physician. What’s the biggie? It’s President Trump’s fault she couldn’t have a doctor to talk to.”
When Planned Parenthood’s spokesperson was asked about Richardson’s attempt to burn her baby with a lighter, she responded, “We usually use saline to burn a baby to death, but hey, who are we to judge?”
Richardson’s defense will be presenting her case this week.