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Medical testimony debate heard in Ohio buried newborn case

September 11, 2018

FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Brooke Skylar Richardson appears during a pretrial hearing at the Warren County Courthouse in Lebanon, Ohio. State appeals court judges will hear arguments on whether medical staffers should be allowed to testify in the trial of Richardson , a teen mother accused of killed and burying her newborn baby near her family’s house in southwest Ohio. Defense attorneys and prosecutors have appealed to the 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown, where they will make their cases Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio appeals court judges will rule later on whether medical staffers should be allowed to testify in the trial of a teen mother accused of killing and burying her newborn baby near her family’s house.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors debated the issue Tuesday in the 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown in southwest Ohio.

Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson want to bar prosecutors from presenting testimony from an obstetrics-gynecology practice’s medical staff, citing physician-patient privilege she won’t give up. Prosecutors say the privilege doesn’t apply in this case.

Authorities first learned of the baby from a doctor. Prosecutors say Richardson, then 18, killed and buried the full-term baby shortly after giving birth within days after her senior prom in May 2017. Her attorneys say the baby was stillborn.

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