A police interrogation video in which a teenage cheerleader confesses to pinching her baby & # 39; possibly to death, and then setting her on fire with a lighter, was played during the murder case on Monday.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, is on trial in Lebanon, Ohio, because he allegedly killed her baby in May 2017 and then buried her in her back yard.
Skylar, as she is known, was then 18 and had told no one that she was pregnant. She says that the baby was stillborn and that she delivered her to the toilet in the middle of the night while her parents were sleeping.
However, prosecutors say she killed the baby and then set fire to her little corpse to try to hide that she gave birth.
She was arrested in July after telling a gynecologist that she had had the baby – which she called Annabelle – and buried her in her back yard.
After the baby's remains were dug up, a pathologist claimed that her bones were burned because they were darker. They have since withdrawn that claim.
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Brooke Skylar Richardson was shown during her second police interview last July, where she told the police that she had set fire to her baby
Skylar, now 20, is shown in court on Monday. She pleaded not guilty of murder, manslaughter, gross mistreatment of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child threats
In her first interview, the teenager said there was no umbilical cord attached to the baby. She was not charged or arrested.
But six days later she was interviewed again after the pathologist had passed on their hypothesis that the baby had been burned to detectives.
At the start of that two-hour interview, she said the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck when she was born. She then said she felt she had accidentally killed the girl by pinching her too hard.
& # 39; I didn't think she was breathing … I (inaudibly) … pinched her too hard. I didn't think I was going to kill her. I didn't kill her on purpose. I loved her, & she said.
She was asked if the baby had made a noise and replied: "Maybe a little noise, a gargle, but I didn't know if it might be anything else … She might have been moved, but I didn't look right away, I was in shock. & # 39;
The detectives then asked her about the & # 39; fire & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We know what happened, you just have to say … we know there was something about fire, & # 39; someone said.
After repeatedly denying that she had burned the baby or the ground around her, Skylar said she had lightened the baby's legs, but stopped when she realized what she was doing & # 39; error & # 39; used to be.
Prosecutors also showed a photo of Skylar's bedroom where they said a piece of carpet (circled) was scrubbed & # 39;
These are the tiny bones of a teenager's baby that was buried in the backyard of her family in May 2017 after being secretly delivered home in the middle of the night
These are the small pieces of skull that the doctors say are broken. They do not know if they were broken before or after the death of the baby
This is the backyard grave in which the baby was placed by Skylar in the middle of the night
Her lawyers say that the confession proves nothing and that it was forced. They say it would have been impossible to set fire to a child's corpse to the extent that his vertebrae showed signs of burning.
In the interview, Skylar sobbed and sputtered when detectives repeatedly told her that her baby was born alive.
& # 39; That is not happening alone. From all the stories, she looked like a healthy baby from what you said.
& # 39; We think you may have wanted to lose her, & # 39; someone said.
The other then asked: & # 39; Tell us about the fire. & # 39;
Skylar replied: & # 39; What fire? & # 39;
The female detective, holding her hand during the interview, continued: & We know there was a fire. There are indications that something burned her
Brooke Skylar Richardson is shown in court in Ohio on Wednesday. She is on trial for murder and manslaughter for having a baby and then buried her in her backyard in May 2017. The teenager took this selfie hours after birth after going to the gym
Richardson's defense is that she only knew 11 days before her birth that she was pregnant and that the baby was stillborn. She says she panicked and buried her because she didn't know what to do and nobody in her family knew she was even pregnant
Skylar responded shockedly: & # 39; To her? I didn't burn her, I swear … I know for sure, I didn't do anything with fire. & # 39;
The detectives went ahead and told her repeatedly that they were & # 39; so close to & # 39; and & # 39; just had to tell the truth & # 39 ;. Skylar then answered & # 39; yes & # 39; when she was asked if she had brought a lighter to the baby's leg.
She said earlier that she took flowers from her family's garden to lay with the girl.
They then asked her how long the baby lived and gave her suggestions: & # 39; Five minutes, ten minutes? & # 39;
The detectives then congratulated her with & # 39; so honest & # 39; and & # 39; tell the truth & # 39 ;.
At the end of the interview, the teenager at the time nervously asked how the prison was and whether she should share a cell.
Prosecutors have so far been unable to prove that the baby was alive when she was born.
Last week, the pathologist who ruled that the baby's death was a murder, admitted to the court that she had made the decision based on Skylar's comments in the interview.
But prosecutors say that other evidence, including texts Skylar sent her mother afterwards and selfies she took after the birth of her slimmed-down body, prove that she wanted her dead.
An SMS & # 39; you only sent her mother hours after she was born: & # 39; OMG! My belly is back! & # 39;
She said she was so happy that she & # 39; speechless & # 39; used to be.
Her mother did not know that she had been pregnant or had given birth. Skylar's defense lawyers say that the text shows nothing more than her desire to please her mother by being thin.
They say she had a history of eating disorders and that her mother was hard for her.
The teenager also took a selfie in the gym the same day she gave birth, showing how the lump had disappeared.
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