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CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman charged with stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.

Deasia Watkins, 22, pleaded guilty in the March 2015 death of Jayniah Watkins. She told a Hamilton County judge that she loved her daughter very much.

Watkins previously had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to an aggravated murder charge. She was ordered to have psychiatric treatment and later found competent to stand trial.

Court records say she had been diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, and her attorney, Norm Aubin, said Thursday evening that she is taking medication for the condition.

“Nobody is arguing that she was not mentally ill — everybody agrees she was,” Aubin said. “It’s just whether she knew at the time it was going on, that it was wrong. This case is tragic.”

Aubin said Watkins is still mentally ill, but in remission.

Police responding to a 911 call on March 16, 2015, found the decapitated infant on the kitchen counter in the home of an aunt who was temporarily caring for the child. The baby had been stabbed several times with a large chef’s knife, authorities said. She also had a fractured arm. Watkins had placed the knife in the infant’s hand, police said.

“She later told police she did that so people would think the child did it — not her,” Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor David Prem said in court, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

County prosecutor Joe Deters has said Watkins appeared to be suffering from “serious mental issues” when police found her at the aunt’s home in a bed covered with blood.

Watkins was considered a threat to her child and had been “acting crazy” and talking about demons when a juvenile court judge placed the baby in the custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services, according to court documents. Social workers later placed the baby in the temporary care of an aunt, who authorities say was warned to keep the mother away from the child unless social workers were present.

Court documents say doctors declared her unsafe around the child unless she took prescribed medication.

The prosecutor’s office has said Job and Family Services followed court orders, finding a relative to care for the child and checking on her numerous times. But Deters said social workers didn’t know the mother apparently moved into the aunt’s home about a week before the slaying.

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20 thoughts on “Mom Who Decapitated Baby Gets 15 Years To Life In Prison

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  2. Sad story in every way. When our local and state governments shut down our large mental hospitals like St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, DC and Dorothea Dix in Raleigh, and sold the land to real estate developers for corporate development, they dumped all the mentally ill residents on our streets with NO supervision or help to speak of. Many of them are now dead, of AIDS, violence, and drug overdoses. Some people need to be institutionalized for their safety and the safety of others.

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  4. The Aunt, the system failed this little baby who never stood a chance. They should have taken the baby away period and given her to another family that would have loved and cared for her the way she deserved to be cared for. God bless this little angel and I am praying mightily for all of the family involved. Where was the father of the baby? Lord!

      • You sound very ignorant. Not all black fathers are negligent and irresponsible. We don’t know if he was even aware of the child. Until you know all the facts you can’t just lump all black fathers into a negative category. Regardless, this child’s welfare should have come first and the child was failed on many levels.

  5. Y-vonne on said:

    The aunt should get in trouble as well; she knew the mom was sick. That poor baby. The Ladies in prison are waiting for her to get there.

  6. Oh my, this poor baby. It’s obvious this young woman had mental issues, and the aunt should also be held responsible, she was on notice that the mother was coocoo and she allowed her to move in with her and the baby.
    I still say people need to take competency tests before allowing to procreate.

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