Babysitter pleads not guilty in death of 3-year-old girl, remains free on bond
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County babysitter accused of killing a 3-year-old girl remains free on bond and says she is innocent.
Lindsay Partin, 36, entered not guilty pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter, murder and four counts of child endangering during a court hearing Monday, her first since she was indicted.
Last month, Partin posted a $75,000 cash bond set by Butler County Judge Greg Stephens. She was released from the Butler County Jail the same day she was arraigned and will remain free on that bond now, the judge told her Monday - with a sharp warning.
"Ms. Partin, let me tell you, if your foolish enough to miss one meeting with your pre-trial officer, if you're foolish enough to miss one court hearing... we will find you," the judge said. "You will not get that bond a second time and you will stay over in that jail until this case is resolved."
Butler County sheriff's officials have said Partin shook and struck Hannah Wesche at Partin's Hanover Township home the morning of March 8.
Partin is accused of abusing Hannah so severely, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital told Hannah's family the toddler was brain dead, according to her father, Jason Wesche.
Hannah was pronounced dead on March 17.
Partin called 911 the morning of March 8 and told a county dispatcher Hannah "just passed out" shortly after her father dropped her off about 7 a.m., according to a recording of the call.
First responders found Hannah unresponsive, with labored breathing and obvious bruises on her head and face, according to the sheriff's office.
Detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on Hannah's body, according to the sheriff's office.
Partin admitted to striking the toddler and stated she had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day, sheriff's officials said.
Partin, who is due back in court May 7, has not publicly commented.
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