An Ohio toddler died on Sunday morning after she was brutally assaulted earlier this month. A woman hired to babysit the toddler is charged in connection with the assaulting the child, but upgraded charges will likely follow.
ABC News reports that 35-year-old babysitter Lindsay Partin allegedly struck 3-year-old Hannah Wesche so brutally that the little girl fell backwards and hit “her head on the concrete garage floor,” according to a police statement. The incident occurred at Partin’s house on March 8 in Butler County, Ohio.
Butler County authorities said that when they arrived to the suspect’s home, they found Hannah unconscious with obvious physical trauma. Partin reportedly admitted to hitting the little girl. Police arrested Partin and charged her with child endangerment and felonious assault. She later pleaded not guilty.
First responders arrived to the home and noted bruises on the child’s head and face, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. They rushed Hannah to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she fought for her young life for almost two weeks.
“She was a big part of our family. She meant everything to everybody,” Hannah’s father, Jason Wesche, said in a statement to WCPO. “This is just an extremely difficult time. We just hope to god she is in heaven with him and ask for continued prayers.”
— WCPO (@WCPO) March 19, 2018
Partin is currently out of jail after posting bail, but with the toddler’s passing, new charges may follow, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. The prosecutor said that the upgraded charges will likely be presented to a grand jury this week.
On the day of the incident, Wesche took Hannah over to Partin’s house and dropped her off before he went to work. He said he had dropped Hannah off regularly at Partin’s house within the past several months without incident, according to The Washington Post.
On March 8, however, the father said Partin called him within minutes of him dropping Hannah off, claiming that the child fell unconscious and she couldn’t figure out why. Jason Wesche said he immediately turned his vehicle around and rushed back to Partin’s home.
“I thought she was dying. When I picked her up, she was gasping for breath. And every time I’d yell her name, she’d take a deep breath,” Wesche told The Washington Post.
For the next 13 minutes, Wesche spoke frantically with a 911 operator, pleading for help for his child.
Hannah died on On Sunday morning at around 12:15 a.m.
“I fell head over [heels] for her and she stole my heart,” the grieving father later wrote on a GoFundMe page for his daughter. “Raising Hannah and watching her blossom into a bubbly fun loving little girl has been more than I could ever ask for. I am beyond devastated that I am having to say goodbye to my Angel. This is every parents worst nightmare and I will fight for my baby and justice will be served.”
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[Feature Photo: Hannah Wesche/Handout, Facebook]