FRANKLIN, Ohio – A woman accused of putting her 4-year-old stepson's legs in scalding water as punishment the night before he was found unresponsive is set for an initial court appearance on a child endangering charge as Ohio police investigate his death.
His father told a 911 dispatcher the child got into a hot bath Tuesday, then went to bed and was found unresponsive Wednesday in Franklin, roughly 35 miles north of Cincinnati.
Franklin police say their investigation indicates the hot water was a punishment, and the death of Austin Derreck Cooper was ruled a homicide.
A statement from Police Chief Russ Whitman says the boy's stepmother, Anna Ritchie, was being held on $350,000 bond.
Her video arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
She had no attorney on record in Franklin Municipal Court.