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Babysitter indicted for murder of Ohio State men’s lacrosse coach’s infant daughter

Jennifer M. Campbell was indicted Tuesday for murder and other charges in the death of Ohio State men’s lacrosse assistant coach Dave Dobbins’ infant daughter, Colleen Dobbins, according to court documents.

Campbell faces one count each of murder, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault, as well as two counts of child endangerment, according to court documents.

Campbell was served a warrant for her arrest Tuesday at her Columbus residence. Several media reports indicated Campbell turned herself in Tuesday afternoon.

Campbell was arraigned Wednesday afternoon and bond was set at $140,000, according to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts registry. The court ruled she is not to have contact with the Dobbins family or any children, except her own daughter.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Campbell was still in custody, sheriff deputies at the Franklin County Correction Center confirmed to The Lantern.

There was no answer at a phone number listed under Campbell’s name Wednesday evening.

The Franklin County Coroner reported 5-month-old Colleen was taken by ambulance from Campbell’s Columbus home March 22 after Campbell reported she was bouncing the crying baby on her knee when Colleen became unresponsive.

The coroner ruled that Colleen suffered a traumatic brain injury and that her death on March 24 was a homicide.

Sgt. Steven Little, of the Columbus Division of Police Homicide Squad, told local media Colleen’s injuries are consistent with shaken-baby syndrome.

Little did not immediately return phone calls for comment Wednesday evening.

The Dobbins family donated several of Colleen’s organs.

The men’s lacrosse players honored the Dobbins family’s organ donations by wearing green stripes on their socks during their Showdown in the ‘Shoe on April 23.

Representatives from the men’s lacrosse program declined to comment.

The Dobbins’ attorney, Mark Collins, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening.

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