Prosecutors to retry Ohio dad of scalded boy who died


LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors will retry the father of a 4-year-old Ohio boy who died after the boy’s stepmother put him in a scalding bath.

A mistrial was declared this month when Warren County jurors couldn’t reach a verdict in Robert Ritchie’s case. The 31-year-old Franklin man pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/2hCNNzx ) reports prosecutors said Thursday they will retry Ritchie on the same charges.

Defense attorney Frank Schiavone III says he expects the evidence to be much the same as in the first trial.

Prosecutors contend Ritchie failed to get medical treatment that could have saved Austin Cooper’s life. The defense has said that Ritchie’s wife covered up her crime.

Anna Ritchie pleaded guilty to charges including murder in the boy’s March death.

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Information from: MIDDLETOWN: Hamilton-Middletown Journal News , http://www.journal-news.com