Robert Ritchie III and Austin Cooper (Photo courtesy WDTN)
Anna Ritchie (Provided by the Warren County Sheriff's Office)
Austin Cooper (PHOTO: Facebook)
Robert Ritchie's mugshot (Photo: Warren County Jail)
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
A Franklin father knew his son had been dipped in scalding water, but did nothing about the child’s injuries for hours, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell claims.
Robert Ritchie was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children Monday.
Ritchie’s wife, Anna, is accused of dipping her step son’s legs in hot water as a punishment. She was charged with murder shortly after 4-year-old Austin Cooper’s death.
Ritchie was at work at the time of the March 15 incident. Prosecutors say Ritchie knew Cooper had been burned, but never went into the boy’s bedroom to check on his injuries.
Cooper was found unresponsive the next morning.
“He did not lay eyes on his child for 15 hours and did not seek medical treatment for the child. And as a result of that decision, the child is dead,” said Fornshell.
Fornshell said Cooper would likely be alive had he received medical treatment within four to eight hours. The Warren County Coroner's Office ruled the boy died from Hypovolemic shock - the loss of blood and fluid.