Lindsay Partin is pictured May 7 in Butler County Common Pleas Court before her case was continued until June 18.

Butler County crime: An update on 3 local court cases

1. Woman charged with murder in toddler’s death will return to court in June

The case involving Lindsay Partin, 36, of Hanover Twp. — who is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and four counts of felony endangering children — has been continued until June 18, according to court records.

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Partin was scheduled to appear May 7 before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens and several people gathered outside the courtroom. Then the case was continued.

Lindsay Partin, the Hanover Twp. woman accused of fatally assaulting a toddler in her care, entered a plea of not guilty to a murder charge on April 9.

Partin allegedly fatally assaulted 3-year-old Hannah Wesche after she exhibited toddler behavior, according to court documents filed by the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

The toddler suffered significant and severe bruising to her face, chest and neck on March 6 because Partin said Hannah “dumped ketchup in the toilet,” according to court documents filed by Butler County prosecutors.

Two days later, after Hannah’s father, Jason Wesche, dropped off his daughter, Partin recklessly abused the toddler resulting in traumatic brain injury, cervical spinal cord hemorrhage and optic nerve sheath hemorrhages, according to the court documents

Partin has pleaded not guilty to all charges. She is free on $75,000 bond.

2. Lawyer’s emergency continues case against teen charged with murder

A pre-trial hearing for a Middletown teen charged with aggravated murder, three counts of robbery and tampering with evidence was continued May 10 after his lawyer had an emergency, according to Butler County court records.

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Paul Dillon Craft, 16, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on the charges. His bond is set at $1.275 million. Craft is being held in the Butler County Jail separate from the general population.

His hearing was continued until May 24 in Judge Jennifer McElfresh’s courtroom.

Paul Dillon Craft is pictured during a previous appearance in Butler County Common Pleas Court. His most recent court hearing was continued until May 24. The 16-year-old faces charges of aggravated murder and other felonies for a December robbery gone bad.

Craft’s case was sent to adult court in January after a juvenile judge found probable cause he committed the crimes. Because of his age and the seriousness of the charges, the case is a mandatory bind over to adult court.

The co-defendant in the case, Keegan Payne, 19, of Yankee Road, has also been indicted by a grand jury for murder, three counts of aggravated robbery and improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor.

Middletown police say Payne and Craft conspired to rob Stephan Cotter, 22, of Loveland.

3. Hearing continued until this week for owner of emaciated dogs

A pre-trial hearing for the owner of two emaciated dogs was continued until this week, according to court records.

Brian Trauthwein, 42, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of animal cruelty. His hearing is set for Wednesday, May 16, in Hamilton Municipal Court.

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Trauthwein initially said he found the dogs, Porsche and Chloe, but further investigation indicated otherwise, according to detectives.

Both dogs, under the care of the Butler County Dog Warden’s office, gained weight and have been adopted, said Kurt Merbs, supervisor of the department run by the sheriff’s office.

Porsche, a boxer, entered the shelter weighing 24 pounds and he left four weeks later weighing 44 pounds. He was adopted at the end of April, Merbs said

Chloe, a pit bull, gained 16 pounds and left the shelter weighing 40 pounds. She was adopted earlier this month, Merbs said.

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