Authorities say the Ohio woman shot at a gender reveal party earlier this month “lied” when claimed she was pregnant and lost her baby.
According to Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney, there’s no information as to why Cheyanne Willis, 21, hosted a “gender reveal” party if she was indeed not pregnant. A gender reveal party is specifically set up for a pregnant woman to reveal the gender of her baby during the celebration.
The Colerain Township Police stated that the public was “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.”
On July 8, two intruders busted into a home on Capstan Drive and opened fire. Nine people, including children, were injured. One of the guests, identified as Autumn Garrett, was killed during the incident. Previous reports indicated that one of the injured people was Willis, a supposed pregnant woman who hosted the party. Police said family members backed up claims that Willis was pregnant, yet they have no idea why.
“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,” officials said on Monday. “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 from the streets.
Willis told reporters she was shot in the leg and lost her baby, but other than claiming two men dressed in black barged in and shot her, she didn’t provide additional information.
Meanwhile, the suspects are still on the loose. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information that leads to the capture of the responsible parties. Anyone with any information is urged to call or text the Colerain Township Police Department at 513-470-7165.