A woman who told police she had lost her unborn child after being shot in the leg at her gender-reveal party was ‘not pregnant’.
Police Chief Mark Denney said Cheyanne Willis ‘was not expecting a baby’ at the time of her party, where a mass shooting took place.
According to Cincinatti.com, authorities are still trying to figure out why the 21-year-old was hosting the party if she wasn’t pregnant.
The shooting took place late on a Saturday night after the gender reveal party had ended, leaving nine people injured.
Mr Denny said:
Sadly, the police department, media and public have been given information we have found to be false.
Hours and days have been wasted following leads known to be lies when they were provided to our officers.
From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution.
Denney said he ‘wasn’t trying to embarrass anyone’ by revealing the fake pregnancy, but wanted to give the public ‘a fair understanding of the challenges’ the police had faced in the past nine days – according to WCPO.
As an example, we were led to believe an unborn child was murdered in this incident only to find out that was not the case.
At this stage of the investigation, police believe two gunmen entered the house and fired 14 rounds while guests watched a movie.
22-year-old Autumn Garrett was killed – the victims included five adults and three children, who are all recovering, and a dog was injured.
There have been no arrests, and police haven’t identified any suspects. An anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests.
Cheyanne Willis was the victim of an assault which was posted on Facebook in 2015. She was beaten and robbed on Christmas Eve, she was hit and had her hair cut off.
Anyone with information can call 513-321-COPS or text 513-470-7165.