HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have charged a mother and her boyfriend after a search team discovered the body of a 1-year-old boy Friday in a densely wooded area in southwest Ohio.
Hillsboro police said Whitney E. Johnson, 26, and Nathan Ritze, 25, of Richmond, Ky., face charges of abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Officer Todd Whited said the two remained in a Kentucky jail Saturday awaiting extradition to Ohio. Results of an autopsy were incomplete.
Family members on the scene identified the boy as Garin Niehaus. His whereabouts reportedly had been a mystery to his father, Ian Niehaus, and several other relatives since December.
Attempts were made Saturday to reach relatives.
Whited said two other children were removed from Johnson’s Richmond, Ky., home.