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    Gail Eastwood-Ritchey (49) arrested for killing her newborn baby in 1993; familial DNA used to identify the mother

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    The Geauga County Sheriff?s Office in Ohio announced an arrest in the cold case murder of ?Geauga?s Child,? a baby found abandoned in Thompson Township 26 years ago.

    Investigators took the mother, 49-year-old Gail Eastwood-Ritchey into custody Thursday afternoon for charges of murder and aggravated murder.

    According to Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand, the baby boy was found abandoned with its umbilical cord still attached by two newspaper delivery drivers on March 25, 1993 in the middle of Sidley Road.

    The baby was also missing an arm and a leg, believed to have been mauled by animals and dragged into the road before the discovery.

    Detectives say Eastwood-Ritchey admitted to giving birth to the baby, putting it in a plastic bag, and abandoning it in the wooded area.

    ?To this day, even though she admitted her involvement, she shows absolutely no remorse and takes no ownership of baby doe,? Sheriff Hildenbrand said.

    Eastwood-Ritchey also admitted to detectives that she committed a similar crime two years prior to the birth of Geauga?s Child in Cuyahoga County. That case is still under investigation.

    Investigators say Eastwood-Ritchey is currently married to the father of ?Geauga?s Child? and now has three adult children.

    She hid the pregnancy from her family and the child?s father, according to the Geauga County sheriff, which is why nobody else is facing charges in connection to the murder.

    Forensics experts conducted familial DNA testing and were able to identify potential family members. The initial DNA matches were made with over 1,400 people in September 2018, linking the baby boy to relatives in the 1800s. Detectives then worked backwards and were able to narrow the suspect?s identity down to Eastwood-Ritchey.
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    The trial for Gail Ritchey, the mom accused killing her newborn son in March of 1993, has been continued to January of 2020.

    Ritchey, 49, was arrested in June and charged with murder and aggravated murder, after DNA linked her to the crime.

    According to Geauga County Sheriff deputies, Ritchey gave birth to the baby, put him in a bag and dumped him in the woods in Thompson Township.

    “Over 26 years ago Gail Eastwood Ritchey left her biological child for dead. To this day, even-though she admitted her involvement she show absolutely no remorse and take no ownership of the baby,” said Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand.

    Geauga County residents paid for a funeral and gravestone for the baby they called “Geauga’s Child” and still visit his grave.

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    https://www.news-herald.com/news/gea...f3f34e8e7.html

    The trial for Gail Eastwood-Ritchey was originally set to start Jan. 27, but it was moved due to her defense attorney’s scheduling conflict with a case in federal court. The case is now set for April 27, according to court records.
    Eastwood-Ritchey, 49, of Euclid is facing aggravated murder and murder charges for allegedly killing her newborn baby in 1993.

    Eastwood-Ritchey was indicted and charged for the baby’s slaying in June, more than 26 years after the child was discovered.

    Her attorney Steven L. Bradley attempted to move the trial out of Geauga County due to pretrial publicity, but Common Pleas Court Judge David M. Ondrey differed that motion until an attempt to seat a jury is made.

    Ondrey concluded that the “nature and extent of the pretrial publicity involved thus far in this case does not rise to the oft outrageous levels demonstrated in the cases relied upon by the defendant in support of her motion.”

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