Colerain Twp. woman did not lose unborn baby during mass shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Authorities say the OH woman shot at a gender reveal party earlier this month "lied" when claimed she was pregnant and lost her baby. A gender reveal party is specifically set up for a pregnant woman to reveal the gender of her baby during the celebration.

Autum Garrett, 22, of Huntington, Ind., suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died before first responders arrived on the scene July 8.

The Colerain Township Police stated that the public was "given information we have found to be false".

"The goal of the party was to disclose the gender of Cheyanne Willis' unborn child", a police report on the shooting said.

They added: "Hours and days have been wasted following leads known to be lies when they were provided to our officers". The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Chief Mark Denney says police don't have an explanation, only speculation, about why the woman claimed to be pregnant.

Another woman on crutches spoke off-camera with WCPO's reporter and photographer outside the home the next morning; she said she lost her pregnancy after she was shot in the leg. Family friends also indicated she'd been expecting.

"From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution", police said.

Police used the unborn child incident as an example of misinformation.

"That information is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days", officials said on Monday. "The Colerain Police Department will not comment further on any other misleading information, other than to say we wish our time had been spent on true leads that would help us remove these risky criminals off the streets", said Denny.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to arrests in the case.

Officials say providing misleading information only makes the tasks of solving the crime more hard.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text 513-470-7165.

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