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Police: Woman shot at her gender reveal party was not pregnant

(Cheyanne Willis/Facebook) (Cheyanne Willis/Facebook)
The scene of the shooting (FOX19 NOW/File) The scene of the shooting (FOX19 NOW/File)

The Colerain Township woman who said she lost her unborn child during a mass shooting that left nine injured and one dead was not even pregnant, police announced Monday.

Three children and six adults were shot at what guests labeled a gender reveal party July 8 on Capstan Drive. Autumn Garrett, 22, of Indiana died at the scene.

Witnesses said two men in hoods entered the home, opened fire and fled the scene.

Cheyanne Willis, who hosted the party, told the media she lost her baby the night of the incident.  Police said Monday that was not true.

"Sadly, the Police Department, media and public, have been given information we found to be is false," Colerain Township Chief of Police Mark Denny said in a release. "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."

Officials said in the statement they were led to believe an unborn child was murdered in the incident only to find out that was not the case. 

Willis was shot in the leg and treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

"The information is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days.  The Colerain Police Department will not comment further on any other misleading information, other than to say we wish our time had been spent on true leads that would help us remove these dangerous criminals off the streets," said Denny.

Officials say providing misleading information only makes the tasks of solving the crime more difficult. 

About 30 people had attended the gender reveal party, but only a dozen guests remained when the gunmen entered the home late Saturday night. 

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An anonymous donor is offering $10,000 for information that would lead to arrests.

The reward money comes as Colerain Township Police, Cincinnati Police and federal investigators search for the suspects in the case.  Little information about the shooting or suspects has been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text 513-470-7165.

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