The former Ohio high school cheerleader accused of killing and burying her newborn girl days after prom apologized to the baby’s father and walked free on Friday, according to reports.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, 20, of Carlisle, will serve three years of probation after being found guilty Thursday of gross abuse of a corpse — but acquitted of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.
Judge Donald Oda sentenced Richardson to seven days in county jail, but she was credited for time served. If she violates her probation, she can be locked up for up to a year in jail.
Addressing the courtroom Friday before being sentenced, Richardson made a groveling apology, saying, “I am sorry. I can sometimes be selfish, but I’m getting better. I’m forever sorry,” according to People.
“I’ve hurt a lot of people. I am really, really sorry. And I understand,” she added.
Richardson’s father, Scott Richardson, also addressed the court and asked for his daughter to be released.
“My daughter is suffering from an eating disorder and we are concerned about her health,” he said.
Oda slammed Richardson while making his decision.
“I believe if you had made different decisions, Annabelle would still be here,” the judge said. “I think that your choices before birth, during birth and after birth show a grotesque disregard for life.”
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