Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Dad of Boy Scalded in Bath Is Found Guilty at His 3rd Trial

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Dad of Boy Scalded in Bath Is Found Guilty at His 3rd Trial

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Abused child's father is convicted in his death

The father of a 4-year-old Ohio boy who died after his stepmother put him in a scalding bath has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in his third trial.

A Warren County jury on Friday also found Robert Ritchie guilty on a child endangering charge.

Prosecutors say the Franklin man failed to get medical treatment that could have saved Austin Cooper's life in March 2016.

The defense argued Ritchie's wife covered up her crime. She pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Ritchie's attorney, Frank Schiavone III, says they will appeal. Ritchie's earlier trials ended in mistrials.

No new home for Ohio's death row * Ohio will not be relocating its death row for the third time in little more than a decade, state officials said Friday.

A shift in population strategies makes the move from Chillicothe in southern Ohio to a newer prison in Toledo unnecessary, according to the prisons department.

The move announced last October and expected to be finished before the end of last year was opposed by the union representing Ohio prison guards. A death row inmate who killed himself in March didn't want to make the move to a new prison and was upset about a legal setback, records showed.

There are 139 inmates on the state's death row.

Woman shot by officers fired first, police said * A woman fatally shot by law enforcement officers along an interstate highway fired on them first after ignoring commands to drop her gun, videos released Friday by a prosecutor show. The deputy and state trooper have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Dashcam recordings reveal new details about the shooting on July 8, which happened after Medlin apparently veered onto the grass alongside Interstate 40 east of Raleigh. A dozen passing drivers called 911 to report her driving erratically at speeds around 100 mph, or seeing her wrecked SUV. Multiple callers said she had a gun.

The news release said a driver who stopped to help heard Medlin, a white woman, repeatedly yell "I wish I would have just killed myself!"

Ministry sues over hate group label * A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights. …

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