Gail Eastwood-Ritchey

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey is accused of putting her newborn baby, umbilical cord still attached, in a garbage bag and leaving it in the woods in Geauga County in 1993. She is charged with aggravated murder and murder. On March 25, 1993, a newborn baby was found in Thompson Township. The child was partially dismembered and still had his umbilical cord attached. Authorities said the child had been placed in a trash bag and left in a wooded area but was dragged to the side of the road by animals. The case was coined 'Geauga's Child,' a cold case that haunted authorities for more than 20 years. Sheriff deputies stated that familial DNA from a voluntary ancestry online database was used to track Ritchey down. They identified distant family members in 2018. When arrested Ritchey admitted to giving birth to the child, placing him in a bag and leaving him in the woods. According to the sheriff’s office, Ritchey also confessed to committing a similar crime with another child in 1991 in Cuyahoga County, two years prior to police finding Geauga’s Child.