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Stepmother kills 4-year-old stepson by forcing his feet in hot water as punishment

By Mason White 4:08 PM March 21, 2016
Anna Ritchie 

By: Wayne Morin
A stepmother was arrested on a charge of child endangerment after allegedly killing her stepson by forcing his feet in hot water, police in Ohio said.

Franklin police said that they have arrested 25-year-old Anna Ritchie, after being accused of punishing 4-year-old Austin Cooper, causing his death.

Ritchie was charged with one count of child endangerment. She was booked into the Warren County Jail, and her bail was set at $100,000.

According to the police investigation, on Tuesday night, Ritchie put the child’s legs in boiling water as punishment. She then put Cooper in bed, but on Wednesday morning, he was found unresponsive.

Police were called to the home, on a report of a child not breathing. Cooper was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.