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Cheerleader’s haunting text to mum hours after ‘killing and burying baby girl’


 A cheerleader accused of murdering her baby moments after giving birth texted a selfie to her mum saying: “My belly is back OMG,” a court heard  Brooke Skylar Richardson, was 18 when she gave birth in May 2017 then allegedly buried the tot, named Annabelle, in her back yard  She was arrested in July that year when she returned to the doctor’s practice where she learned she was pregnant to ask for birth control  When doctors asked what the outcome of her pregnancy had been, she confessed to “burying everything”, according to US media reports  Prosecutors at Warren County Court in Ohio, USA, claim she bashed in the baby’s skull after researching ‘how to get rid of a baby’    She faces charges of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter which could see her jailed for life if found guilty  The cheerleader’s lawyer said the baby was pale when she gave birth on her bathroom floor and there was no umbilical cord attached  The baby was not breathing, they claimed, and she panicked and buried her shortly afterwards  It is claimed she thought she had months until her due date, but the baby arrived just 11 days after she found out she was expecting in April 2017    Prosecutors at the Ohio trial read a text message on Wednesday she sent to her mother – who had no idea she was pregnant  It said: “I’m literally speachless (sic) with how happy am. I am literally so excited now just for dinner to wear something cute yayyyy my belly is back and now I’m takin(sic) this opportunity to make it amazing ”  She also visited the gym hours after giving birth and took a selfie in the mirror which showed off her stomach    In the image, which was presented for the first time at trial, she is seen lifting up her t-shirt and standing to the side    The teenager sent it the same day she gave birth, they said.  Prosecutors presented it along with an image of her baby’s bones Richardson shook when the image was shown to the court.  Among those who testified on Wednesday, the first day of the trial, was 21-year-old Trey Johnson who claims he is the baby’s father    He said he and Richardson had sex twice in August 2016, once without protection, and that is when she likely fell pregnant He was never told about the baby.        The doctor who she told she was pregnant said he advised her that she did not have to have the baby if she did not want to     Prosecutors presented Richardson – now 20 – as a premeditated, image-obsessed cheerleader  While her family were sleeping, she gave birth quietly and “destroyed all evidence of her birth and buried her in the backyard,” prosecutors said  Dr William Andrew told the court that during a medical appointment, Richardson had told him: “I can’t have a baby I’m going to college in September.”  Another medic, Dr Casey Boyce, said when she asked her about the pregnancy when she returned to the doctor’s office in July 2017, she started sobbing and told her: “I had it alone in my house and buried it in my backyard  “She didn’t want me to tell anyone that I knew.” She then consulted with Dr Andrew and called the police  Two crime scene workers said they were drawn to a fire pit in the back yard where the baby’s remains were thought to have been tossed But bones found in the fire pit belonged to an animal.  Richardson’s defence team say the text message to her mum was taken out of context and speaks more about concern with her body image and history of eating disorders rather than the pregnancy  Charlie Rittgers told the court: “Those texts that we now see after May 7… were Skylar focusing on the only thing she thought she could control at the time, which was her body ”  He added that her mother was ‘obsessive’ about her daughter’s weight, cheered her on whenever she lost any and frequently exchanged texts with her about it     They say the entire case has been a ‘rush to judgement’ based on a medical examiner ‘mistakenly’ categorising the baby’s bones as being burned when they were not     Later in a police interview, Richardson said the baby had been alive for around ‘five minutes’ and that it died after she thought she had squeezed it too tightly  The case continues.

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