Dad of boy, 4, who died after very hot bath jailed for 7 years

2017-10-11 05:18
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Ohio — The father of a 4-year-old Ohio boy, who died after his stepmother put him in a scalding bath, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.

Robert Ritchie was sentenced on Tuesday in Warren County. Prosecutors say the Franklin man failed to get medical treatment that could have saved Austin Cooper's life in March 2016.

Ritchie was convicted at his third trial after two mistrials and could have received up to 11 years in prison.

Ritchie's attorney, Frank Schiavone, argued Ritchie's wife covered up her crime. Schiavone characterised Ritchie as another victim and "an abused man".

Schiavone didn't immediately return calls seeking comment on Tuesday on the sentence.

Ritchie's wife pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. 

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