Cheerleader Brooke Skylar Richardson was & # 39; seduced & # 39; to end a 15-year prison sentence for burying the baby girl she secretly gave birth to, but decided at the last minute not to fight through a trial that resulted in an acquittal, her parents revealed.
Richardson, 20, was acquitted of killing the baby – which she called Annabelle – after a much-published trial earlier this month. She was convicted of gross mistreatment of a corpse, but was given time to serve and went home the day after her conviction with her parents, Kim and Scott.
The trio now appears in a new episode of 48 Hours on CBS that will be broadcast on Saturday 28 September.
Prosecutors accused her of killing the baby – a claim she has always denied.
She was accused of aggravating murder and manslaughter alongside child threats and gross mistreatment of a corpse.
In their interview, her parents reveal that prosecutors were willing to drop the murder charge in exchange for her guilt to the three others.
She was & # 39; seduced & # 39; because, her mother said, her & # 39; bad hands & # 39; was assigned and was afraid that she would be sentenced for murder.
& # 39; The prosecutor told Charlie (Skylar's lawyer) that I will make the murder worse if you beg the rest of them, which could have been 15 years, & # 39; said Scott, Skylar's father.
& # 39; She was seduced. She says, "As soon as I heard him say the annoyance is off the table …" Kim said.
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Brooke Skylar Richardson was recently pictured at home with her dog. She was not interviewed about the trial and is now in a recovery program for people with eating disorders
Skylar Richardson is shown on the left after three months pregnant and again on the right after seven and a half months pregnant. Her parents shared the photos to illustrate how difficult it was to tell that the then 18-year-old was carrying a baby. She had been struggling for anorexia for years and her family says they were only happy to have arrived
Her father intervened: & # 39; Because that's the scariest thing. That could have been a life without a conditional release. & # 39;
Kim said her daughter felt she & # 39; had so many bad hands & # 39; had received the hair & # 39; best option & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; Show me where it has gone so far? & # 39; Kim remembered her daughter asking.
She eventually changed her mind when they had to give her lawyer their answer tomorrow.
& # 39; It was a Sunday morning and she woke up – and I still see her sitting on the couch.
This is the grave of baby Annabelle. She was laid to rest on Thursday at a private ceremony in Ohio. Skylar's parents received her remains after the trial, despite protests from the baby's father's family. They have access to it by order of the judge
& # 39; And she says: & # 39; I'm not going to argue for something that I didn't do. & # 39;
& # 39; And I got sick in my heart – but it must be her decision. She has to live with this at the end of the day, & Kim said.
It comes as the first pictures of the grave where the baby is now buried after a private family service this week.
The judge released the remains of the baby to the Skylar family despite protests from the baby's father.
On Thursday, she was buried during a private ceremony in Ohio.
Photos taken afterwards show the grave site. It is characterized by pink and white flowers and white teddy bears.
In their interview, Skylar's parents shared more photos of her during her pregnancy to illustrate why they didn't know she was expecting.
Kim and Scott Richardson in their 48 Hours interview that is broadcast on CBS on Saturday
Skylar, now 20, was filmed for the family home special, but she did not speak in the promotional video and it is unclear whether she was interviewed
In one of them she is shown lying in a beach chair in a bikini while she is almost eight months pregnant.
Asked how many eating disorders determine their daughter's life, Kim said: & # 39; 95 percent & # 39 ;.
Skylar's mother Kim said that eating disorders had taken over the life of her daughter since she was 12 and that as she grew older, she and her husband Scott were only happy to see her getting heavier.
& # 39; At the age of 12 she would not buy a gym because it had five calories. I didn't even know that chewing gum contained calories, & Kim said in a video teaser for their interview.
Skylar's mother shared this new photo of her when she was eight months pregnant in April 2017 and said she couldn't tell she was carrying a baby
She also said that her daughter & # 39; monitors & # 39; was and & # 39; secrets & # 39; but that she would never have hurt anyone, let alone her own daughter.
Skylar, 20, is now enrolled in a recovery program for eating disorders and works as an assistant at a law firm.
She hopes to finally go to university in January.
In one of her interviews, Skylar's mother Kim described the ordeal as her & # 39; worst nightmare & # 39; and said the family in & # 39; purgatory & # 39; had lived.
& # 39; I don't know when it hit me, but I was a grandmother and never had a thing.
& # 39; Our life was completely turned upside down & # 39 ;, said her mother Kim.
Skylar gave birth in May 2017 in the upstairs bathroom of her family's home in Carlisle, Ohio. She said the baby was still born.
She was then 18 and had been suffering from eating disorders for years. The father of the baby was not her boyfriend, but another young man with whom she had had a relationship last summer.
Because she hadn't told anyone she was pregnant, she buried the lifeless baby in the backyard of the family and marked the place with some flowers.
Only when she went back to the same gynecologist who told her she was pregnant to get birth control pills two months later did she know what she had done.
She was initially accused of murder, manslaughter, gross mistreatment of a corpse and child threat after a pathologist told the police that she had burned the baby's corpse.
The explanation was based on the fact that the bones seemed darker in some areas. The pathologist remembered her statement, but detectives had already persuaded Skylar to confess it.
In his interview, Scott, Skylar's father, said they thought they were doing the right thing by having her work.
& # 39; We thought we were doing the right thing by working together. It turned out to be absolutely wrong. & # 39;
The family says they have been haunted for over two years by the media storm that created the case.
Kim, those prosecutors and lawyers said she & # 39; obsessed & # 39; was by the weight of her daughter, compared the extent of publicity with the Super Bowl.
& # 39; It felt like Super Bowl level. It was as if the world stopped. Everyone wanted to know what was going on in our backyard and what had happened.
& # 39; The sidewalk was lined with people sitting in deck chairs. We have no privacy, we are followed, stalked.
Skylar's mother Kim, who did not testify during the trial, said that her life was upside down & # 39; was standing
Skylar is depicted in her evening dress two days before she gave birth
The 20-year-old broke into tears when she was acquitted of murder earlier this month
& # 39; For me, Facebook has changed to & # 39; hate book & # 39 ;, she said.
Scott said the family & # 39; stalked & # 39; and that they are still afraid to speak out.
& # 39; I'm very scared. We are terrified of talking to you. We don't want things to get wrong, & he said.
The couple say that Skylar's fault in the end was that she buried the baby without telling anyone.
& # 39; She had a stillborn child and then made a bad choice without telling anyone and burying the baby, & # 39; said her mother.
Her father, who testified during the trial, said there was no question that she could ever have hurt the baby.
Prosecutors showed the jury this photo of the skeletal remains of the child after they had been dug up from the garden of the family
As part of their defense, Skylar's lawyers showed photos of how her weight fluctuated before she became pregnant (above) within the six-month period. She had suffered from anorexia years ago, her family says, and was under pressure from her mother to stay slim
& # 39; It is impossible that she will ever hurt someone, & # 39; he said.
Her mother added: & # 39; There is no question of it. I would put my life into it. & # 39;
She insisted that she knew nothing about the pregnancy.
& # 39; We missed everything, & # 39; both she and Scott said.
When she heard that her daughter had been pregnant and buried the baby, Kim said she was in shock.
& # 39; I could not feel my body. I couldn't get up. How can that happen? I've seen her every day. I look at her. I'm talking to her. I hug her, & she said.
Brooke Skylar Richardson is shown during her second police interview last July, where she told the police that she had set fire to her baby
Kim also shared a photo of Skylar that was taken in April, weeks before she gave birth.
& # 39; You don't know, & # 39; she said about her figure.
During her trial, defense lawyers explained how no one in her family thought it strange that she grew up during her pregnancy because they said her weight fluctuated so much.
& # 39; She looked healthy, & # 39; her mother said about her growing belly. Her father agreed: & # 39; We were actually happy that she finally arrived. & # 39;
Skylar has never spoken publicly except to apologize for her conviction.
She said she knew that she could be selfish & # 39; but that she had changed.
48 hours will be broadcast on CBS on Saturday evening at 22:00.
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