This is so disturbing.
An Ohio woman was arrested after confessing to punishing her 4-year-old stepson by putting his legs in scalding hot water — which resulted in his death.
According to reports, Anna Ritchie disciplined her stepson Austin Derreck Cooper on Tuesday night by dunking both his legs in blistering hot water before putting him to bed.
Police say the child stopped breathing in the middle of the night and was found unresponsive by his father Wednesday morning.
Austin was pronounced dead shortly after being transferred to a nearby hospital.
The coroner ruled the boy's death