Police identify 1-year-old's body found in Hillsboro; mother of the child, her boyfriend arrested
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
9:33 PM, May 31, 2013
2:54 AM, Jun 2, 2013
HILLSBORO, Ohio – Police identified the body of a missing 1-year-old as Garin Niehaus early Saturday morning.
Garin's remains were found Friday in a densely wooded area on Diven Road near Hillsboro about 60 miles east of Cincinnati. It's unclear how long the child was missing, according to a report from the Hillsboro Times-Gazette on Friday.
The child's mother and her boyfriend were taken into custody shortly after the discovery of the child's remains.
According to a press release from the Hillsboro Police Department, law enforcement in Richmond, Ky. was contacted around midnight on May 30 regarding a report of a suspicious death of a child. The press release indicates the well-being of two other children was also a concern at that time.
Law enforcement officials said the caller, whose identity has not been released, identified the mother of the children as Whitney Johnson, 26, of Richmond, Ky. Johnson's boyfriend, Nathan Ritze, 26, was also identified.
When police went to investigate the welfare of the children at Johnson's home, Ritze is believed to have fled the scene. Police later apprehended Ritze, who may have had a prior warrant out for his arrest, according to the police report.
Johnson was arrested at her place of employment.
The two other children, whose ages weren't released, were located at Johnson's home and taken into custody by Kentucky Children Services.
Johnson and Ritze are both charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
They are being held in the Madison County Jail in Kentucky.