‘Hannah, wake up’: Jurors hear emotional 911 call made by suspect in 3-year-old’s death

Lindsay Partin, who is charged with murder in the March 2018 death of a toddler in her care, awaits jury selection Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Her trial is scheduled to last through April 9. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Lindsay Partin, who is charged with murder in the March 2018 death of a toddler in her care, awaits jury selection Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Her trial is scheduled to last through April 9. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

After several days of medical testimony, jurors in the trial of a Hanover Twp. woman charged with murder in the death of a child in her care heard from those who there the day the child was allegedly fatally injured.

Lindsay Partin, 36, also is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse for the death of 3-year-old Hannah Wesche on March 8, 2018, while she was babysitting her.

Prosecutors say Partin abused the 32-pound girl between March 6 and 8, 2018, after she dumped ketchup in a toilet. Partin admitted “to uppercutting Hannah multiple times and poking her in the chest,” prosecutors told the jury during opening statements.

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On March 8, after father Jason Wesche dropped her off at the neighboring house, Partin picked up the toddler and shook her to stop her from crying, according to prosecutors. The child collapsed and died days later at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The defense team says Partin did not abuse nor injure the child, pointing to injuries Hannah suffered while at play on March 6 and 7 and noting that Partin told the child’s father about the incidents.

Today, the jury heard a 13-minute, emotional 911 call placed just after 7 a.m. on March 8, 2018, by Partin, who was crying and urging emergency workers to hurry.

“She (Hannah) collapsed,” Partin says in the 911 call.

Partin says the child is gasping for air.

“Hannah wake up,” she says.

Partin cried at the defense table as the 911 call was played.

“She fell really bad yesterday … I thought she was fine,” Partin says to the dispatcher.

Jason Wesche, Hannah’s father, is later heard in the call.

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“Breathe, breathe.” Jason Wesche says. “I don’t know what could be wrong with her.”

Partin said, “she walked into the house and passed out.”

Butler County Sheriff’s detective Janee Lambert, who talked to both Jason Wesche and Partin after Hannah was taken to the hospital, said Partin let detectives photograph her Shanks Road house, pointing out where the girl had fallen on March 8 and the night before, which caused bruising.

Partin said Hannah arrived that morning, then collapsed, hitting a basket on the way down, Lambert testified.

The detective also said Hannah had fallen off a toy train the afternoon before and fell on the concrete. And on March 6, Hannah fell on the gravel road while taking a walk.

“She (Partin) said she (Hannah) can be rather mischievous,” Lambert testified.

Partin said Hannah had taken a bottle of ketchup from the kitchen and squirted it into the toilet.

The toy train was placed in the middle of the courtroom for the jury to observe. It is 8 inches tall, according to the detective’s measurement.

The afternoon was filled with a video of Partin’s interrogation on March 8, 2018, after Hannah was taken to the hospital.

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