Ohio woman Deasia Watkins will not stand trial for allegedly decapitating her 3-month-old daughter. A Hamilton County court has deemed Watkins mentally incompetent and will be transferred to a Cincinnati “treatment facility” instead of potentially being sent to jail for the brutal murder of her own baby girl.
Deasia Watkins, 20, was charged with aggravated murder for allegedly decapitating her infant daughter. A second hearing in the child murder case is slated for October, and Watkins’ mental competency will be evaluated again at that time. Her defense attorney has already entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Jaynaih Watkins the baby girl, had reportedly been stabbed “multiple times with a large chef’s knife.” The decapitated baby also reportedly had a fractured arm, and the murder weapon had been placed in her hand.
“The Justice Center can simply not take care of her. She is too sick,” Watkins’ defense attorney said when the issue of placement was discussed in the child abuse and murder case.
Deasia Watkins was reportedly considered a “threat to her child” and had been “acting crazy” and speaking about “demons” during a a juvenile court hearing in March that ordered the baby to be placed in the custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services, court documents revealed. Cincinnati area social workers later moved Jaynaih Watkins into the aunt’s care. The Hamilton County children’s services staffers then reportedly warned the aunt to keep the baby away from the mother, unless social workers were present.
The county welfare agency staffers said they followed court orders to find a suitable relative to take care of the baby and claimed they checked on the infant “numerous times.” The Hamilton County Job and Family Services staffers were apparently unaware that the mother deemed unfit to be alone with the 3-month-old baby had moved into the aunt’s home a week before the decapitation murder.
Watkins was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, and doctors declared her unsafe around the child unless she took prescribed medication, Ohio court records also indicate.
In March, Cincinnati area police responded to a 911 call that a woman was decapitating a baby on the kitchen counter. Deasia Watkins was found inside the home of an aunt who has temporarily been caring for the baby. Ohio police officers reported that the 3-month-old baby girl had been stabbed when they found her. The Hamilton County law enforcement reports also indicated that Watkins’ had been “suffering from mental issues” when the police found her on a bed and covered in the blood of her baby.
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