Lindsay Partin, a 35-year-old babysitter, was just indicted by a grand jury on the charges of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and abuse. The babysitter was allegedly abusing a 3-year-old girl, Hannah Wesche, which likely led to the child’s death earlier this month.
Officers from Butler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Partin’s home about an unconscious child on March 8. Partin had called 911 when the young girl became unconscious. She told the dispatcher the three-year-old had hit her head on the garage floor a day prior, and she claimed the girl just passed out shortly after her father dropped her off. When they arrived, the three-year-old was found with severe bruises and was having difficulty breathing. Police immediately arrested Partin on charges of child endangerment, while Hannah was taken to a local hospital. The injuries the young girl sustained were so severe that she was declared brain dead. Within days of the assault, Hannah was pronounced dead.
Authorities believe that Partin assaulted the young child before calling emergency services when the child became unresponsive. Court records indicate that Partin admitted to investigators that she had struck the child before calling the paramedics, but she is still planning on pleading not guilty to her alleged crimes. Hospital personnel noted additional bruising throughout Hannah’s body that appeared to indicate long-term abuse.
Partin posted a $30,000 cash bond, so she is currently released from the Butler County Jail. The suspect is expected to appear in court on April 9.