By: Steve Dellar | 10-23-2018 | News
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OH - Cheerleader Accused Of Killing Newborn Suffers Legal Blow

19-year-old Miss Skylar Richardson, the cheerleader accused of killing her newborn and burying it in the backyard of her parents' house, had to deal with a major legal setback when the appeals court in Ohio rejected her attorney’s argument that her doctor shouldn't be allowed to testify.

As it was, the doctor had originally tipped off police about a baby being buried in a backyard, the judge thus stated that the doctor-patient privilege was inadmissible in this case.

The Ohio judges panel wrote in their decision: “In considering the competing interests, we fail to see how applying the privilege to Richardson’s statements and reactions furthers the purposes of the physician-patient privilege above the interest of the public in detecting crimes in order to protect society.”

The panel furthermore referred to Ohio law which clearly stipulates that physician-patient privilege does not apply if the communication in question involves the commission of a crime.

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Miss Richardson was 18 last July when the remains of her baby girl were found in her family’s backyard. Young Miss Richardson herself has always maintained the baby was delivered stillborn, but records from her doctor’s office showed that there was uncertainty as to the girl’s intention to harm the baby.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A Warren County court of appeals ruled that physician-patient privilege doesn&#39;t apply in the case of Brooke Skylar Richardson, a Carlisle teenager accused of secretly giving birth to, killing and burying a baby girl later unearthed near her family&#39;s home. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WCPO (@WCPO) <a href="">October 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Assistant prosecutor Ms. Kirsten Brandt alleged in court that when Miss Richardson found out she was pregnant, the then-18-year-old’s reaction was “extreme” and “over-the-top,” and she therefore immediately became a suspect.

Her doctor recalls that he told the defendant, "If you have any feelings that you are going to hurt this baby, you need to let us know that immediately.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statements made by Brooke Skylar Richardson to her doctor while she was pregnant may soon be allowed to be used in her trial, after a ruling from the Court of Appeals. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WDTN (@WDTN) <a href="">October 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to the state prosecutor, Miss Richardson did not want to be an 18-year-old single mom with college only a few months in the future and thus she ignored her doctor’s calls for an ultrasound, bloodwork or any other treatment in the months that followed after learning she was pregnant.

However, Mr. Charlie Rittgers, Skylar's attorney, claims that the state’s prosecution is simply 'fabricating' what really happened: “It's just not true that Skylar Richardson had no intention of having a baby.”


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Anonymous No. 40173 2018-10-23 : 15:24

WHO IS THE FATHER/ it could be important. What if???

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