Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell (left) addresses the media after a court appearance by Brooke Skylar Richardson (right) Carlisle, who was arraigned Monday, Aug. 7, in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Defense attorney Charles M. Rittgers (far right) entered a not guilty plea Monday on Richardson’s behalf. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Carlisle buried baby case: What both sides are saying

Richardson, 18, was arraigned Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

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Here’s what Richardson’s attorney and the Warren County prosecutor have told us about the case:


Charlie M. Rittgers talking about Richardson case

  • Defense attorney Charlie M. Rittgers entered a not guilty plea Monday on Richardson’s behalf. Richardson, who graduated from Carlisle High School in May, is accused of giving birth to a baby just days after her prom, killing it, burning the body and burying it in the backyard of her home on Eagle Ridge Drive.

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  • Rittgers was clear Monday: “I can tell you Brooke Skylar Richardson did not kill her baby,” he said.
  • He said the defense has filed motions for a bill of particulars of the indicted charges and evidence in the case.
  • Rittgers said he anticipates the defense will have its own experts examine the remains of the infant.
  • Richardson’s family attended Monday’s short hearing but left without comment.


  • Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said that two days after the Carlisle High School prom, sometime between May 6 and May 7, Richardson gave birth to the newborn and caused the child’s death. She reportedly burned the infant and then buried it in her backyard, Fornshell said.

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  • According to Fornshell, everything occurred over a period of a few hours after the baby was born. He said the baby was born at about 38 weeks to 40 weeks — full term. Carlisle police were notified July 14 by Richardson’s OB-GYN’s office about a possible stillborn baby, Fornshell said.
  • Fornshell would not say how long the baby was alive before it was killed. “We may never know the medical cause of the baby’s death,” he said.

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  • Fornshell declined to say what the sex of the baby was.
  • “The matter is under investigation currently. It is an open and active investigation so I am not going to make any comments on what someone else may have done, what they knew, when the knew it,” Fornshell said.

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