Young single mother from Ohio was arrested and charged after evidence leading to her about killing and burying her newborn daughter. Brooke R., 18-year-old single mom, is the main suspect for killing her newborn daughter in her backyard.
According to the prosecutors, the reason for murdering her baby is because she didn’t want to be young single mother. Brooke is facing trial for aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. She has pleaded not guilty.
A transcript, when she was talking to her father after the initial police interview, was read for the jury.
“Honey, tell us what happened,” her father said, according to the transcript.
“I tried to cremate the baby,” Brooke allegedly said.
In a police report presented in court, a homicide detective wrote that Brooke allegedly used a lighter to set her baby’s foot on fire. The flames got to the baby’s chest before she put them out.
By the time the baby’s skeletal remains were found, it was inconclusive whether her body had been burned. Her attorneys claim that she falsely admitted to burning the body after police had broken her down during questioning.
Prosecutors allege that Brooke did not want to be an 18-year-old single mom with college only a few months away. In the months after learning of her pregnancy, Brooke didn’t return for an ultrasound, bloodwork or any other treatment, while ignoring calls from the doctor and assistants.
She also told police that she looked into an abortion, but it was too late to have one. She denied that she performed an abortion on herself.
Prosecutors allege that she intentionally killed her baby. They also allege that she searched “how do I get rid of a baby” upon finding out she was pregnant.
Brooke’s attorneys have repeatedly admitted she buried the child’s remains in her parents’ backyard — but they say she only did so after the baby was stillborn and she didn’t know what to do with the remains.