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Mother of baby found dead in Ohio: I buried him so other children wouldn't be taken away

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
Whitney Johnson and her boyfriend, Nathan Ritze, of Richmond are accused of buring her one-year-old son in a wooded area in Ohio. Both are charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)-In an affidavit 26-year-old Whitney Johnson gave Richmond Police investigators after her weekend arrest, she told detectives in the case her one-year-old son, Garin Niehaus died of natural causes.

Johnson and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Nathan Ritze, were both arrested at their Richmond home. Investigators in Hillsboro, Ohio, found the one-year-old boy's remains in a wooded area behind and apartment complex where Johnson used to live.

In the affidavit, Johnson also told police the boy had died during the night between December 18th and 19th of 2012. She told police she and Ritze found him around 4 in the morning on the 19th and tried CPR, but could not revive him.

Panicked, she told police the couple they drove to her old apartment complex in Ohio and buried the boy. She told investigators she believed he died of pnuemonia.

According to the affidavit, Johnson told police she was afraid to tell anyone about the boy's death because she thought police would take away her two other children. She told investigators she'd had complaints filed against her before.

According to police documents, Johnson initially told officers she'd given one-year-old Garin Niehaus to a woman living in New Your City. It was only after that story didn't pan out that police investigated the area in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Both Johnson and Ritze are expected to be in a Hillsboro Courtroom for an arraignment Wednesday morning. They were extradited from Kentucky early this week.


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