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Pair Sentenced to 7 Years for Baby's Death

Pair Sentenced to 7 Years for Baby's Death

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) - A Kentucky man has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 1-year-old boy found buried in woods in southern Ohio last May.

Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins says 25-year-old Nathan Ritze was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading Friday in Hillsboro using the Alford doctrine. An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors probably could prove the charge.

Ritze's attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Collins says the cause of death for the boy, Garin Niehaus, is unknown. His mother, Whitney Johnson, was scheduled for trial next month; however, Collins told Clear Channel News that Johnson entered her plea Monday afternoon and was sentenced to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter as well.

Johnson and Ritze were indicted on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. They're from Richmond, Ky.

 

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