Ohio mom’s trial in newborn baby’s death won’t be moved yet

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CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The trial of a woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 won’t be immediately moved over concerns of extensive pre-trial publicity, a judge ruled.

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey, 49, has pleaded not guilty in Geauga County Court to aggravated murder and murder charges.

Investigators say Eastwood-Ritchey stated she hid the pregnancy from everyone. They say the woman, of the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, married the baby’s father and has three grown children.

Authorities say familial DNA ancestry from an online database was used to track down Eastwood-Ritchey, who was charged earlier this year.

Judge David Ondrey ruled against moving the January trial before an attempt to seat a jury is made, the News-Herald reported Tuesday.

Community members paid for a funeral, burial and a headstone marked “Geauga’s Child,” where gifts and flowers continue to be placed.

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