1. 18-yo cheerleader accused of killing her newborn and burying the baby in her backyard.
An 18-year-old woman has been charged with reckless homicide after the body of her newborn baby was found buried in the backyard of her parent’s Ohio home.
According to The Dayton Daily News, Brooke “Skylar” Richardson was arrested on July 20 after police investigators responded to a tip-off from a local doctor’s office. While it is not known what information the tip off included, the infant’s body was found in a shallow grave later that day.
It is believed the baby was born in early May and had been buried for between 10 to 12 weeks.
On Friday, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell shared a post on Facebook that claimed “the infant whose remains were discovered at the defendant’s residence in Carlisle one week ago today was born alive and was not a stillborn baby.”
Doyle Burke, a spokesperson for the Warren County Coroner’s Office told reporters that remains from a firepit in the backyard are also being analysed.
“We have learned more,” Burke told WDTN-TV. “That’s why we’re back out here, but we still have not learned everything we need to know.”
Police are now accusing the recent high school graduate and cheerleading camp volunteer of “recklessly causing the death of another, or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.”
Just one day later on July 21 Richardson appeared in court for an arraignment hearing, with her parents by her side and holding her hands. She was placed on US$15,000 (AU$19,000) bond, with a hearing date set for August 1. It is understood Richardson has already entered a not guilty plea.
According to her attorney, Charles Rittgers, Richardson was known as “a very good student. She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl who helped children.”
“She helped young children also with disabilities and a pee wee cheer camp. She’s, by all means, a very good person,” Rittgers continued, saying she is taking the arrest “in a way you would expect.”
“It’s a shock to her, it’s a tragic situation,” he told reporters.
If convicted of the charge, Richardson faces up to five years in prison.
2. Eight people found dead, and another 30 injured, inside semi trailer in “horrific tragedy”.
The death toll from people found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in a Texas car park has risen to 10, US officials say.
Thomas Homan, acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press on Sunday that two people died in a hospital.
Eight young people were initially found dead in the semi trailer in what police have called a “human trafficking crime.”