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Police testimony: Stepmom left child in scalding water for 25 minutes

Ritchie in court Friday. (FOX19 NOW) Ritchie in court Friday. (FOX19 NOW)
Austin Cooper (Provided photo) Austin Cooper (Provided photo)
FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -

The woman accused of dipping her 4-year-old stepson’s legs in scalding water as punishment was arraigned in Franklin Municipal court Friday.

According to a police detective, 25-year-old Anna Ritchie held Austin Cooper’s legs under the water for 25 minutes before pulling him out.

She admitted to police she ran the water a little hotter than usual as punishment.

Austin was found dead by his father the next morning.

In additional police testimony, Ritchie told detectives that she saw skin in the tub after she removed him from the hot water. She also told police that after she put Austin to bed she could hear him crying for about two to three hours but did not check on him.

A detective in court on Friday said the boy’s father, Robert Richie III was not at home at the time of the bath and when he came home from work, Anna Ritchie told her husband not to check on the child for fear of waking him up.

Ritchie is charged with endangering children but authorities say those additional charges are expected. She is being held on $350,000 bond.

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