Carlisle mom, 18, arrested, charged in Warren County baby-remains case

Carlisle mom, 18, arrested, charged in Warren County baby-remains case

UPDATE @ 9:03 p.m.:  An 18-year-old Carlisle woman is in jail, charged with one count of reckless homicide in the baby-remains case. 

Brooke Richardson was arrested about 8 p.m. and taken to the Warren County Jail pending arraignment Friday morning in Franklin Municipal Court, according to a statement from the Warren County Sheriff's Office released minutes ago. 

She is the mother, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation into the remains is still under investigation, sheriff's Lt. John Faine said in the statement, and anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff's office.

Brooke Richardson (Courtesy/Warren County Jail)

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.:  

Soil samples have been taken from the backyard of the home in Carlisle where the remains of a baby were found July 14, as part of a forensic anthropologist's work on the investigation so far, Doyle Burke, Warren County Coroner’s investigator, said. 

One of the reasons investigators returned to the home is that they are still working to determine whether the child was stillborn or a live birth, he said. 

Today's backyard dig included a fire pit and the area around it. 

"We have learned more. That's why we're back out here," Burke said. 

The samples, placed in buckets investigators brought to the scene, will be taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m. (July 20):  

Crime tape again surrounds part of the home on Eagle Ridge Drive in Carlisle, where remains believed to be that of an infant were discovered Friday. 

A Warren County Sheriff's car and the coroner's investigator are parked in front of the home. 

Orange buckets are visible in the backyard. Investigators are digging in the backyard where they found the remains.

We're working to find out what brought investigators back to the address.

EARLIER REPORT (July 17)

A local doctor’s office alerted Carlisle police Friday that a Carlisle teenager might have delivered a stillborn infant, according to a police report.

Later that night, Carlisle police and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies dug up the remains of an infant in the backyard of a residence in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive. The remains were taken to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for analysis, sheriff’s Lt. John Faine said.

Investigators think that the remains found had been buried for “maybe 10 to 12 weeks,” but the coroner will determine how long the remains were there.

Faine said initial reports led investigators to believe the remains were a stillborn baby, but Warren County Coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove said it’s too early to determine whether human remains unearthed by authorities are from a stillborn baby.

He added his department may never know if the baby was stillborn or alive at birth.

The Carlisle police report listed the mother as 18. This news agency isn’t naming her because she hasn’t been charged.

Faine said the investigation is continuing, and it may take one to two weeks before his department releases more information regarding the infant. He also refused to release the infant’s gender.

On Monday afternoon — unlike Friday night when a tent was erected in the backyard of the home on Eagle Ridge Drive — it was quiet on the street. No one answered the door at the home, and several neighbors refused comment or said they weren’t home Friday.

Carlisle Police Chief Mike Bruck told this news outlet on Monday afternoon the sheriff’s office was investigating, and he had nothing new to report.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the sheriff’s office, 513-695-1522.

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