FRANKLIN, Ohio – A detective says the stepmother of a 4-year-old Ohio boy found dead at home told police she'd put his legs in extra-hot water as punishment because he didn't like baths and then tried to hide his burns.
The death of Austin Cooper this month was ruled a homicide.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1PvSvqz ) reports a Franklin detective testified Friday that Anna Ritchie told police she put ointment and socks on the boy to hide burns. The investigator says Ritchie admitted later hearing Austin crying but ignored his distress and told his father not to check on him that night.
A not-guilty plea was entered earlier for Ritchie on a child endangering charge. A message left for Ritchie's attorney hasn't been returned.
A grand jury will consider the case.
Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront