4-year-old boy dies after being burned with hot water by stepmother while father refused to intervene


Robert Ritchie 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A father was arrested after his young son died when he was brutally punished by his stepmother.

A grand jury in Ohio, has indicted the father after evidence showed that he waited 15 hours before calling for help despite knowing that his son was burned with scalding water.

The wife of Robert Ritchie, Anna, 25, is accused of placing her 4-year-old stepson in 130 degree water and leaving him in it for 20 minutes as punishment.

The child’s skin was peeling and his legs were bleeding, but his stepmother did not give him any medical treatment.

When Ritchie came home from work, his son was already in bed. His wife allegedly told him what she has done, but Robert did not go check on his son until 15 hours later.

He found his son dead child the next morning.

A grand jury indicted Robert Ritchie on Monday, on charges of manslaughter and child endangerment.

Anna Ritchie was charged with murder over the death of the boy. Her bail was set at $350,000.