BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A Hanover Township woman now faces a murder charge after allegedly assaulting a child in her care who died last week.
Lindsay Partin, 36, of the 4000 block of Shank Road, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury Monday on charges of murder, four counts of felony endangering children, and involuntary manslaughter, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Partin was previously charged with felonious assault and felony child endangering while 3-year-old Hannah Wesche remained hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The girl was essentially “brain dead” according to her father, Jason. She died March 18 at the hospital.
"The family is extremely happy with the murder charge. We want justice and will be at every hearing," Jason Wesche said.
Partin is free on $75,000 bond set by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens on the original indictment, the Journal-News reports.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the judge has indicated he will not increase bond, so a summons has been issued to Partin, rather than a warrant for her arrest. She is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on April 9.
At about 7 a.m. March 8, Hanover Township emergency crews and Butler County detectives responded to Partin’s residence for an unconscious child. They found Hannah unresponsive with with labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office. There were obvious bruises about her head and face.
The girl was taken by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. After further investigation, detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on the child’s body.
Partin admitted to striking the child and stated she had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day, according to police reports.
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