Cheerleader buried baby in backyard, Ohio prosecutor says

An infant whose remains were found buried in an Ohio backyard last week died more than two months ago, but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, an 18-year-old mother now charged with reckless homicide, spent just over two minutes in a Warren County courtroom Friday.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the charge "is based upon evidence that the infant whose remains were discovered at the defendant's residence in Carlisle one week ago today (Friday) was born alive and was not a stillborn baby."

"Law enforcement is continuing to treat this as an active and ongoing investigation."

Richardson was whisked in by her parents into Franklin Municipal Court just as the Friday afternoon session began. Moments after they were seated, her case was called before Judge Rupert Ruppert.

The arraignment was just as quick. Ruppert continued her $15,000 bond and set an Aug. 1 preliminary hearing date, and Richardson was then quickly led out of the courtroom by attorney Charles M. Rittgers of Lebanon. A not guilty plea had already been made for her.

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