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Prosecutors will retry Robert Ritchie, father of scalded boy

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 15:58:58-05

LEBANON, Ohio -- The Franklin father charged in connection with his 4-year-old son's scalding death will face another jury after a judge declared a mistrial earlier this month.

Prosecutors told Judge Robert Peeler Thursday that they plan to retry Robert Ritchie, 31, on the same charges of child endangering and murder, WCPO news partner the Journal-News reported.

Ritchie is accused of not seeking medical treatment for his son Austin, who in March was held in a bathtub of scalding water by his stepmother, Anna Ritchie.

The previous jury said they could not reach a unanimous decision. Peeler sent them back to deliberate before ultimately declaring it a mistrial.

Robert Ritchie faces up to 11 years in prison if he is convicted.