Sentence deferred for Arbor Vitae child abuse case
Prosecution of child abuse charges have been deferred for an Arbor Vitae man in Vilas County Circuit Court.
John Ritchie, 34, was initially charged earlier this year with one felony count of intentional child abuse after reportedly hitting his then 8-year-old son. He had pled no contest to the accusation.
Last week before Judge Neal Nielsen, information and charges were amended in the court record to misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and neglecting a child (specific harm did not occur). Ritchie pled no contest to all three.
Nielsen issued a deferred prosecution. That will be reviewed again in October 2022.
Ritchie was arrested in April after reportedly striking his son several times around his head, leading to injury, which were observed at the child’s school, according to court records. There was already a history of social service reports regarding the boy, based on court reports.