A 4-year-old boy tragically died after his step-mom allegedly placed his legs in boiling hot water in a bid to discipline him.
The sad incident happened on Tuesday night before she, Anna Ritchie, 25, put him to bed.
According to police, the child stopped breathing during the night and was found unresponsive Wednesday morning. The boy was pronounced dead not long after being transported to a nearby emergency room, police say.
The Police in Franklin, Ohio, allege Ritchie dunked the boy’s legs in the blistering water for an unspecified length of time. The exact cause of his death has yet to be determined.
Ritchie has since been arrested and charged with endangering children, with more charges possible depending on the outcome of the boy’s autopsy.
She is being held in the Warren County Jail without bail and is expected to enter a plea during a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday morning.