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Mom charged in death of 'Geauga's Child' wants trial moved

The Jan. 27 trial currently is scheduled for Geauga County Common Pleas Court in Chardon.

CHARDON, Ohio — (AP) An Ohio woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 wants her upcoming trial moved to another county.

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in Geauga County in June. The defense motion to move the 49-year-old Euclid woman's trial cites widespread publicity over more than two decades as the reason.

County prosecutor James Faiz declined to comment.

Investigators say Eastwood-Ritchey stated she hid the pregnancy from everyone. They say she married the baby's father and has three grown children.

Credit: Andrew Horansky

Authorities say familial DNA from an online database was used to find Eastwood-Ritchey.

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The Jan. 27 trial currently is scheduled for Geauga County Common Pleas Court in Chardon.

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