Babysitter found guilty in murder of 3-year-old

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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WLWT) – A Butler County babysitter was found guilty on all counts in connection to the death of a 3-year-old girl.

A Butler County jury heard all of the evidence against Lindsay Partin, who’s accused of killing a toddler.

Jurors began deliberating around 4 p.m. Thursday. Those deliberations continued into late Friday, before a decision was finally reached.

Partin, 36, is charged with one count of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of endangering children.

Hannah Wesche, who was 3-years-old, collapsed while in Partin’s care in March 2018 and died 10 days later.

During closing arguments, assistant prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan showed the jury photos of Hannah’s bruises. She had bruises on her head and chest.

“This was a homicide,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan reminded jurors of what doctors from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said when they testified.

“She told you that she only expects to see this kind of injury in cases of abuse or car crashes,” Sheehan said.

An ophthalmologist gave similar testimony.

“He told you that even a motor vehicle accident wouldn’t produce the kinds of extensive injuries, extensive hemorrhages that he saw in Hannah’s eye that day that he did this exam,” Sheehan said.

Prosecutors also replayed bits from when Partin was interrogated by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives.

In the videos, Partin admitted to smacking, slapping and shaking Hannah.

Defense attorney Melynda Cook Howard said that was a false confession.

Partin claimed detectives bullied her into admitting she hurt Hannah.

“They had a dead child and they needed, they needed to charge somebody,” Cook Howard said.

Cook Howard said detectives took the easy road and never even bothered looking at anyone else who Hannah had been around, such as her father, Jason Wesche, and a friend of his who had been with him and Hannah the night before she collapsed.

“After hearing seven days of testimony, I believe, and I think you believe it too, that the proper title of this case is the State of Ohio vs. Jason Wesche,” Cook Howard said.

Wesche has never been charged with a crime related to his daughter’s death.

Cook Howard said that’s because, detectives never interrogated him or looked as his cellphone records.

“The failure is in their hands,” Cook Howard said.

Sentencing is set for Thursday, May 9.

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