Ohio jury indicts Ky. couple in child death

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Richmond, Ky., couple on various charges including murder in connection with the discovery of a child’s body in southwest Ohio.

The Times-Gazette of Hillsboro reports the indictments against Whitney Johnson, 26 and Nathan Ritze, 25, includes child endangerment and abuse of a corpse charges.

The body of a 1-year-old child was found May 31 in woods near Hillsboro in southwest Ohio. Police say the couple told them they buried Johnson’s son Garin Niehaus (NEE’-hows) on Dec. 19. Police say earlier that Johnson told them the child had pneumonia.

Police say neither tried to contact authorities before burying the boy. They have been held on $100,000 bonds on initial charges.

The couple’s court-appointed attorneys did not immediately return requests for comment.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s