Discussion in 'Trials' started by JanetElaine, Aug 5, 2017.
I also think prosecutor had visions of a deja vu a la Cindy Anthony, and perjury!
IMO, the idea that she pulled the baby out of the toilet after birth shows her utter confusion about what to do.
Yea the avoidant thinking....very 'cross that bridge when you come to it'.
I wonder if she ever had a plan on any level prior to the birth. Or if so focused on getting through milestones of prom and graduation and so distracted with her weight and workout and clothes and Destin trips and boyfriend and keeping her mom at bay that she just suppressed reckoning with it at all.
Why do you say “aggressive”? Who are you quoting? I missed that post.
To the burning of her baby, I read all of the 2nd interrogation & I'm paraphrasing but the investigator asked something along the lines of "and where did you burn the baby?" and she said "IN THE BAG".
This sticks out to me because if she indeed had put the baby into a bag, and then proceeded to try to "cremate it a little" from the bottom corner/the baby's toe, but decided that it "wasn't right" once the bag burned halfway - the baby may have actually had some char or other sort of fire artifact once she removed it from the bag & tossed it into the hole.
So I'm not throwing out the whole cremation thing either. I just don't see myself or my 18 year old being coerced to say anything of that sort, no matter how flustered.
Thank you for clarifying because I wondered about the doctor doing this. My point was more about how fixated the father was on this one particular point, thinking this was the answer to everything, when actually it was just one more piece of fudge in a long list of lies and omissions by Skylar. She could have gone home and told her parents that she was pregnant, but she didn't. Instead, she used a birth control prescription (however it was obtained) to bamboozle them just a little more.
Her mother might have suspected that Skylar might be pregnant, and arranged the doctor's appointment as an indirect way to find out the truth. Skylar comes home with birth control pills, so it must be okay.
Skylar is lying so reflexively, she probably doesn't even know the truth of what happened herself any more.
Sorry if this has been addressed before but I can't go back and read all the posts -- I just watched the video of Skylar and her parents. One of the first questions that pops in my mind is what was she going to do if the baby was born alive? Her parents did not ask her that in the video and I didn't hear that question being asked by the detective in the parts of the initial interrogation that I heard. It's very strange. What was her plan for the baby after a live birth?? As far as I can tell she had none. JMO.
BSR introduces "murdering her" and detectives completely ignored her.
Detectives were trying to ascertain the burial location in her backyard, and out of the blue BSR blurts out "Am I going to be in trouble for murdering her?"
Detectives completely ignore BSR's question, and continue asking questions about burial, flowers.
Prior to this, detectives had only covered timeline of birthing story - labor, delivery, etc., and the burial location. Not once during the entire interview did anybody say the word "murder" except for BSR.
Interview #1, pg 41/42:
Parent's just learned from detectives that BSR had baby, and buried her in their backyard. Their first questions of BSR:
Dad: - who is the father?
Mom: - You lied to me so much and now you're going to lose Brandon over this.
Interview #1, pg 32/67.
"I squeezed her too hard...I think I'm the one who killed her."
Detectives and BSR begin second interview at police station. Detective Carter (Brandi) tells BSR: let's start with when you picked baby out from the toilet and wrapped her in a towel. Be truthful now...
Interview #2, pg 24/98
Thursday, Sept. 12th:
*Trial continues (Day 8) (@ 9am ET) - OH - A few hours old baby girl Annabelle “Baby Jane Doe” (May 7, 2017, Carlisle, baby found buried on July 14, 2017) - *Brooke 'Skylar' Richardson (18/now 20) arrested (8/4/17), charged & indicted (8/4/17) & arraigned (8/7/17) on multiple felony charges including aggravated murder (special felony,) involuntary manslaughter (1st degree felony), endangerment of child (3rd degree felony), tampering with evidence (3rd degree felony) was dismissed on 9/9/19, & gross abuse of corpse (5th degree felony); allegedly killing, burning & burying her newborn baby in backyard of her Carlisle home. Free on $50K bond. House arrest & is placed on a curfew from 9pm to 7am, GPS monitoring, random drug tests & unannounced home visits will continue & surrendered passport.
Trial began on Sept. 3, 2019 (to 9/13/19 on court site). Jury: 7 women & 5 men.
Trial information from 9/3/19 (Day 1) thru 9/5/19 (Day 3) reference post #684 here:
OH - Annabelle Richardson, newborn, found in shallow grave, Carlisle, 7 May 2017 #1
9/6/19 Day 4: State witnesses: Dr. Susan Brown (forensic pathologist and the Montgomery County Coroner's Office). Dr. Krista Lathan (University of Ind. forensic anthropologist). Dr. William "Kim" Brady (fetal medical specialist). Trial continues on 9/9.
9/9/19 Day 5: State witnesses: Former Lt. John Faine. Second interrogation tape of Richardson on July 20, 2017 played for jurors. Brandon Saylor (was Skylar's boyfriend in Jan. 30, 2017). Warren Co. Sheriff Det. Christopher Wong (digital forensics). State rests their case. After hearing defense argument to dismiss charges the judge has dismissed count 4 - Tampering with Evidence. The charge dismissed carried a possible 9 month to 5 year sentence. Counts 1, 2, 3 and 5 have been denied. Trial continues on 9/10.
9/10/19 Day 6: Defense witnesses: Scott Richardson (Father of Skylar). Dr. John E. White (gynecologist). Alan Hirsch (professor at Williams College who has studied interrogations and false confessions). Trial continues on 9/11.
9/11/19 Day 7: Defense witnesses: Christopher Curry (English teacher (Skylar's) at Carlisle High School). Ashley Brown (former Carlisle High School student, graduated with Skylar). Dr. Stuart Bassman (psychologist). Traci Reilich (counselor at Carlisle HS). Jackson Richardson (Skylar's brother). Annie Campbell (Skylar's friend). Dr. Mark LeVaugn (forensic Pathologist). Joe Danzer (photographer & expert in topography "making virtual tours-made a virtual tour of Richardson's home). Richardson will not be testifying. Defense rests their case. State has no rebuttal. Closing arguments (allotted 1 hour each) will be Thursday morning, 9/12. Judge Oda said the jury will start deliberating tomorrow.
The following changes nothing regarding this trial, but I had a wild thought ....
Maybe she really did not realize she was pregnant. She had erratic periods (likely due to eating disorder) and some sort of bleeding or spotting during the pregnancy if I remember correctly. It was late in the pregnancy when she found out. And the baby was not Brandon’s, her current boyfriend. Not only would she have to face her parents, Brandon would also learn and may leave her. So she was putting off confronting anyone, including herself. Blocked it out as best she could.
All just a hypothetical, of course, and I have no way to know if any is likely.
There are skull fractures, according to this forensic anthropologist they happened after death.
I was responding to a previous comment about coroners and medical examiners, as evidenced by the post contained in my response.
As this case dates back to July 2017 - many of the original MSN news articles/videos no longer available. I'm trying to determine a couple of things:
At conclusion of July 20, 2017 interview #2 at police station, it appeared that BSR was going to jail that evening, and would be seeing a judge in Lebanon on July 21, 2017. Not finding anything about whether she was just detained, arrested, or released to her parents without ever seeing the jail. Do you have any info for her on this date? (Only see Warren County Jail booking for August 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm).
BSR was indicted, arrested, charged, on Friday, Aug 4, 2017 on multiple counts, and arraigned on Monday, Aug 7, 2017 in Warren County Court. Bail was set at $50,000, and Judge ruled BSR would be monitored electronically if she made bail. Is she also still on house arrest since 2017 or has that been lifted?
Good catch! I had forgotten about the bag part.
Thanks @Seattle1 for taking the time to look all that up. I really appreciate it! Kudo's
There are conflicting reports on the skull fractures. Here is one, with both opinions:
Richardson's baby's death ruled 'homicidal violence,' doctor says
A forensic pathologist said Brooke Skylar Richardson's newborn daughter died as a result of " homicidal ... at the University of Indiana, wrote in a report that the skull fractures occurred after the baby died.
Lauren Pack@LPack JN
Kim Richardson, Skylar's mom, is in the courtroom today for CLOSINGS. She has been kept out during the trial as a potential witness. This corrects my previous tweet. It's a little too early, but I am with it now