The Ohio woman who claimed to have lost her unborn child after a pair of gunman burst into her gender reveal party and shot her in the leg was lying, police announced Monday. Now, investigators are trying to figure out why she created such an elaborate pregnancy hoax.
In a statement, Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney encouraged residents to phone in tips to help identify the suspects involved in the July 8 shooting, which killed one woman and injured eight others, including three children. He then revealed a bizarre twist in the case.
“Sadly, the Police Department, media and public have been given information we have found to be false,” he said. “Hours and days have been wasted following leads known to be lies when they were provided to our officers.”
“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,” Denny continued. “That information is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days.”
Police spokesman Jim Love identified the liar as 21-year-old Cheyanne Willis, who made headlines in 2015 after claiming that she was beaten up by a group of girls who then posted the video of her ordeal online.
Willis was interviewed by a WCPO reporter the morning after the shooting and could be seen using crutches to get around. She said that she lost her pregnancy after getting shot in the leg and her family friends corroborated the story.
Colerain Township Police will defer to a prosecutor to determine whether Willis will face any charges for lying to investigators about her pregnancy. A $10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information leading to the suspects’ arrests.