3-year-old dies over a week after alleged babysitter abuse

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After over a week in the hospital, Hannah Wesche, 3, passes away. Her father said she was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

Hannah’s babysitter, Lindsay Partin, was indicted Thursday in connection with the abuse.

Partin, 35, was indicted on endangering children and felonious assault charges.

The charges stem from an incident last week that left the young child brain dead.

The Wesche was airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s intensive care unit after Partin called 911 on March 8.

“I babysit kids, and he just dropped her off and all of a sudden she just passed out,” Partin told the dispatcher. “She fell really bad yesterday when we were playing here in the garage, and she has a bruise on her face and on her chin, and I thought she was fine.”

According to officials with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, hospital personnel noted that Hannah had bruising across her body.

“Cases like this rip your heart out.” Sheriff Richard Jones said. ” I don’t understand why or how anyone harms a child.”

Hannah’s father, Jason Wesche, told WLWT he had taken Hannah to Partin’s home on Shank Road in Hanover Township for months.He said she had all the credentials he was looking for in a babysitter.

The family said Hannah had been punched and was passed out. They also said Hannah had a black eye. Part of her skull was removed by doctors because of swelling on her brain, the family told WLWT.

“In order to do something like this to an innocent, fragile child, you would have to be a monster,” Latham said.

Court documents said Partin shook the child and made an admission to investigators.

“I love her, I always have and I always will. I hope she knows that I’ve been there for her through this whole entire time and I hope she felt my presence,” Latham said.

A man at Partin’s home declined comment, deferring inquiries to their attorney.

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