The father of ex-cheerleader Brooke Skylar Richardson gave an emotional testimony Tuesday in defense of his daughter, who is accused of giving birth to a secret baby, killing it and burying the remains in the backyard of the family home.
“She would never hurt another living being – let alone a baby,” Scott Richardson said, holding back tears.
However, the distraught father said he was surprised when he found out his daughter was pregnant and had given birth. She allegedly kept her pregnancy a secret for months. If he had known she was pregnant, he said, he would have welcomed her child into the family.
And he added that he was shocked when he discovered she had buried the remains in the family's backyard.
In court, the jury was shown old photos of the now-20-year-old with the family. Her father said on the stand, "She was daddy's little girl."
She has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering a child, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.