Ky. man gets prison in death of boy buried in Ohio

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 woods 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 (NEE'-hows), is unknown. His mother, Whitney Johnson, is scheduled for trial next month.

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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