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Toddler assault case going back to grand jury for murder charge

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he will ask a grand jury to consider a murder charge against a Hanover Twp. woman accused of assaulting a toddler in her care.

Hannah Wesche died early Sunday morning at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, according to family members. Jason Wesche said his 3-year-old daughter was “essentially brain dead” since the alleged assault on March 8.

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“All I can really say at this point is that our family is completely devastated. There are really no words for what we are going through right now. We are asking for our privacy for the services. But (we) hope everyone will stick with us through the trial and help to bring Hannah justice. #HANNAHSTRONG,” Wesche said in a statement released to this media outlet today.

Hannah Wesche, who was allegedly assaulted by her babysitter in Hanover Twp. on Thursday, March 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED (Staff Writer)

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Lindsay Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road, was indicted last week for feloni0us assault and felony child endangering. She was arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, where judge Greg Stephens set bond at $75,000. She is free from jail after posting that bond.

Gmoser said Monday that the case will be presented to a grand jury “shortly” and he will seek a charge of murder against Partin.

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At about 7 a.m. on March 8, Hanover Twp. emergency crews and Butler County detectives responded to Partin’s residence for an unconscious child. They found Hannah unresponsive with labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office. There were obvious bruises about her head and face.

The girl was taken by medical helicopter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. After further investigation, detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on the child’s body.

Partin admitted to shaking the child, according to court documents. In the 911 call, she said the child had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day.

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