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Parents of ex-cheerleader who buried newborn baby in backyard speak out after murder acquittal


Facebook turned into "Hatebook."

The parents of the former cheerleader acquitted earlier this month of killing her newborn baby say in an upcoming interview with CBS News that their lives “have been turned upside down” the last two years.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, who is now 20, buried her baby in her family’s backyard in the Ohio village of Carlisle in May of 2017, not long after her senior prom. The remains were found two months after she gave birth.

She avoided prison time when she was found not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment even though a forensic pathologist testified that the baby likely died from “homicidal violence.” She was found guilty of corpse abuse by the jury in Warren County and was slapped with three years probation.

Her parents tell “48 Hours” in an interview that airs Saturday that the persecution of the family continues.

“We’re followed, stalked, harassed,” mother Kim tells CBS News. “Facebook, to me, turned into Hatebook.”

Their lives have been like "purgatory every day," she said.

Brooke did not tell anyone she was pregnant, and her parents were stunned, to say the least, when they found out after the fact.

“I couldn’t feel my body. I could not get up,” Kim told CBS News. “How could that happen? I’ve seen her every day. I look at her. I talk to her. I hug her.”

Dad Scott Richardson said he made a crucial mistake by letting his daughter speak to police without a lawyer present.

“There’s no way she would ever hurt anyone,” he told CBS News. “There’s no way. I would stake my life on it."

With News Wire Services