Murder charges for stepmom accused in boy's scalding death

Anna Ritchie facing murder charge in scalding death

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m.:

Warren County Prosecutor David P.Fornshell announced this morning that Anna Ritchie will be facing six additional charges, including murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Fornshell said Ritchie resented becoming the primary caregiver to Austin Cooper, while the father worked.

According to Fornshell, Ritchie left Cooper in a tub of scalding water for 20 minutes and his skin was falling off when she took him out.

“This one hits close to home for all of us,” Fornshell said. “It is just infuriating.”


Cooper had a 95 percent survival rate if his injury would have been treated immediately, Fornshell said.


Rictchie faces 15 years to life in prison for the murder charge.

Fornshell said Cooper’s father likely was aware of previous rough treatment of Cooper, but no charges against him now.


Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell will hold a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. to discuss developments in the Anna Ritchie case.

Ritchie is the stepmother of Derrick Cooper, 4, who died after Ritchie was accused of placing him in a bathtub of scalding hot water.

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