Whitney Johnson and Nathan Ritze: Couple facing murder charges scheduled to appear in court

HILLSBORO, Ohio - A judge has entered not guilty pleas for a Richmond, Ky., couple facing various charges including murder in connection with the discovery of a child's body in southwest Ohio.

The Times-Gazette of Hillsboro reports Judge Rocky Coss entered the pleas for 26-year-old Whitney Johnson and 25-year-old Nathan Ritze when they were not represented by attorneys during Wednesday's arraignment.

Coss set a $250,000 bond for each defendant and appointed a new attorney for Johnson. The attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

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 on Dec. 19. Police say earlier that Johnson told them the child had pneumonia.
 

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