Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

4-year-old dead after stepmom scalds legs in Hot water as punishment in United States


Chicago: In a shocking incident, a four-year- old boy in the US state of Ohio died after his stepmother allegedly put his legs in scalding hot water as punishment. Anna Ritchie, 25, put her stepson Austin Derreck Cooper’s legs in very hot water in a bathtub before sending him to bed at their home in Franklin, Ohio, police said.

Franklin police said Ritchie admitted to “punishing” the child, putting him in a tub of hot water which caused burns to his legs. The boy was put to bed early and found not breathing the next morning.Police said they responded to a call from Boulder Drive in Franklin on Wednesday when the child was found unresponsive. He was rushed to Atrium Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His death was ruled a homicide.

“There’s nothing a 4-year-old could do to deserve a punishment like this,” said Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman was quoted as saying by WLWT-TV.


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