The former Ohio cheerleader who was on trial for killing and burying her newborn baby days after prom says her “biggest regret” was keeping her pregnancy a secret.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, 20, was found not guilty in September of her baby girl Annabelle’s murder, though she was convicted of abuse of a corpse for burying the child in her parent’s Carlisle backyard in May 2017.
In her first interview, Richardson said she was “plagued by guilt” for not confiding in anyone that she was pregnant before she delivered what she claims was a stillborn baby, Cosmopolitan reported.
“My biggest regret is not having the strength to tell someone that I was pregnant,” Richardson told the magazine. “I wish I would have done it differently. I’m plagued by guilt every day for not telling someone.”
During the two years she waited for her trial to begin, Richardson said she was depressed, spending nights thinking of her daughter.
“Every night, I would lie down and wish that I could have died in place of Annabelle,” Richardson told the outlet.
Richarson — who walked free after the trial — said she’s still traumatized by the media coverage surrounding the case.
“I’m still living with a lot of fear,” she told the outlet. “The past two years have been nothing short of a nightmare. After being constantly afraid and paranoid of everyone and everything around me, I’m having a hard time letting that go.”
Source: Read Full Article