During his emotional testimony, Scott Richardson said that his daughter would never harm anyone, let alone a baby
The defense team for Brooke Skylar Richardson started their presentation to a jury on Tuesday — and called the 20-year-old woman’s father to the stand in her murder trial.
During his emotional testimony, Scott Richardson said that his daughter was “daddy’s little girl.” As he broke down in tears, he told the court that his daughter would never harm anyone.
“She would never hurt another living being, let alone a baby,” he said as he wiped his eyes.
Brooke Richardson is accused of killing and burying her newborn daughter in her backyard in July 2017. Prosecutors allege she did not want to be an 18-year-old single mom. Richardson’s attorneys argued that the baby was stillborn and didn’t meet the legal criteria to be considered a child.
Richardson, now 20, is facing trial for aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse and child endangerment. She has pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, a judge threw out a charge of tampering with evidence, saying that the prosecution did not meet its burden of proof on that charge.
Prosecutors allege that Richardson did not want to be a single teen mom with college only a few months away. In the weeks after learning of her pregnancy, Richardson didn’t return for an ultrasound, bloodwork, or any other treatment, while also ignoring calls from the doctor and assistants, prosecutors have said.
In a police interview played in court last Thursday, Richardson allegedly told police that she didn’t return her doctor’s phone calls because she was scared. “I didn’t really want to have my baby,” she told police. “I really don’t know what I planned to do.”
She also told police that she looked into an abortion, but it was too late to have one. She denied that she performed an abortion on herself.
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Prosecutors allege that she intentionally killed her baby, despite the fact that the medical examiner was unable to determine a cause of death. They also allege that she searched “how do I get rid of a baby” upon finding out she was pregnant.
Richardson’s attorneys have repeatedly admitted she buried the child’s remains in her parents’ backyard — but they say she only did so after the baby was stillborn and she didn’t know what to do with the remains.
During her father’s testimony, he said that his daughter loved kids and even worked with children with special needs. He said that when she was a cheerleader, she would often bring coloring books, crayons and nail polish to the games to keep younger children occupied.
Testimony in the case is expected to last into next week.