Defense wants Brooke Skylar Richardson taken off house arrest

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 17:03:14-04

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio -- Attorneys for a Carlisle teen accused of having a baby and burying it in the back yard want her house arrested lifted, noting she "has never been in trouble in her life."

Brooke Skylar Richardson’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court, but was canceled last week as the 12th District Court of Appeals considers a ruling about medical records.

It could take months for that decision from the appellate court. Richardson’s attorneys say their client should be free during that time of constraints placed on her by Judge Donald Oda II, WCPO media partner the Journal-News reports.

Oda set bond at $50,000 with a 10 percent rule, meaning Richardson could post $5,000 bond at arraignment in July. But the judge ordered she wear an ankle monitor and be placed on house arrest.

The defense team, in a motion filed Monday, said, "Skylar Richardson was given a $50,000 bond at arraignment with the restriction of house arrest. Eight months have transpired since she was placed on house arrest and it is counsel’s understanding that here have been no incidents or infractions. Skylar just turned 19 in March and resides with her parents where she will continue to reside until conclusion of the case."

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the state will object to the defense’s motion.

Oda has not yet ruled on the motion.

Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering for the May 2017 death of her infant daughter, whom defense attorneys say she named Annabelle.

Last week, Oda issued a split decision concerning medical records for Richardson, and both the the state and the defense appealed that ruling directly to the 12th District.