HAMILTON, Ohio — "I hope and pray every single day that you get the same treatment in jail that you showed to my daughter," Jason Wesche said to Lindsay Partin minutes before the 37-year-old Hanover Township woman was sentenced Thursday in the death of his daughter Hannah.
Partin, Hannah’s babysitter, was found guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in Butler County last month.
On Thursday, a judge sentenced Partin to a mandatory 15 years to life in prison for murder. The judge sentenced Partin to another three years for child endangering, to run consecutive to the 15 years to life.
She'll be eligible for parole after 18 years.
Sentence for Count 6 per Judge: Lindsay Partin to serve life in prison with eligibility for parole after 15 years. I could hear sighs and gasps in the room as Judge announced sentence @WCPO pic.twitter.com/1b97ycleA1
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Partin called 911 herself on March 8, 2018, when the 3-year-old girl collapsed shortly after being dropped off by her parents. She claimed then she didn’t know what had happened to the girl — Hannah had simply fallen limp to the ground.
First responders who arrived that day, however, discovered pre-existing bruises on her head and face. Partin would later confess to angrily striking and shaking Hannah, who died days later at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, because the girl had poured ketchup in the toilet.
"The night that Hannah died, parts of many people died as well," Hannah’s mother, Adrian Latham, told the judge Thursday. "In one night we lost a lifetime of hope and our future. I will never love or smile again the same since this tragedy occurred."
Partin had support in the courtroom from several family members and friends who maintain that she could never hurt a child.
"There have been errors made in this case," said her cousin Karin Partin Wells. "We believe that Lindsay is innocent and we will be looking into appeal. We believe that justice will be served and in the end the truth will come out about what really happened to Hannah."
Jason Wesche knows he'll be fighting on behalf of his daughter again in 18 years.
"I hope that she doesn't make parole," he said. "I hope she spends the rest of her life in prison."