A former Ohio cheerleader accused of killing her newborn daughter has been released early so she can attend law school.
Brooke Sklyar Richardson was 18 years old and a high school senior when she gave birth to a baby girl, then buried her in her parents backyard in May 2017.
“I am sorry for everything I have put everyone through,” Richardson said in a statement. “I just want to show that I can be a normal person again, that’s all.”
In 2011, Tanya McDowell, a homeless Bridgeport mom, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny for enrolling her then 5-year-old son Andrew in a neighboring school. McDowell at the time said she and her son lived in her van.
Even the DA stated that it’s uncommon for parents to be arrested for sending their kids to a school outside their district.
McDowell eventually took a plea deal and was sentenced to five years in prison for for sending her son to a better school and a 12-year suspended sentence for selling drugs to feed him.
“Who would have thought that wanting a good education for my son would put me in this predicament?” McDowell said in a statement.