Deasia Watkins, a mother from Ohio, was convicted of murder on Thursday and has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison for decapitating her three-month-old infant.
In March 2015, Deasia Watkins admitted her guilt in connection with the death of her child Jayniah Watkins. During her court appearance, Watkins expressed her deep affection for the deceased to the Hamilton County judge.
Deasia Watkins has denied culpability by pleading not guilty on the grounds of insanity to a charge of aggravated murder. A mental health evaluation was ordered and, after determining her to be competent, she was tried in court.
Court documents declared that she had postpartum psychosis, and her legal counsel stated in court that she was taking medication to manage her condition. Attempts to get in contact with Watkins’ attorneys on Thursday for a comment were unsuccessful.
On March 16, 2015, police were alerted to a 911 call and discovered upon arrival a decapitated baby lying on the counter of an aunt, who was looking after the child at the time. It was revealed that the infant had been repeatedly stabbed with a large chef’s knife and had a fractured arm. The police stated that Deasia Watkins had put the knife in the baby’s hand.
In court, David Prem, an assistant prosecutor from Hamilton County, informed The Cincinnati Enquirer that the woman later informed officers her reasoning for the act was so that people would believe the child was the one responsible instead of her.
Court papers revealed that the juvenile court judge felt Watkins posed a risk to her child and had been exhibiting strange behavior, including speaking about devils. So the judge decided to have the baby taken into the custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. The aunt of the child was given the responsibility of providing temporary care, but was told to keep the mother away unless social workers were present.
Court documents indicate that physicians determined that it was not safe for her to be around the kid unless she was taking the medication prescribed to her.
The prosecutor’s office reported that Job and Family Services had adhered to the court’s instructions by locating a relative to provide care for the child and checking up on them regularly. However, Deters stated that social workers had been unaware of the mother’s alleged move into the aunt’s house around a week prior to the killing.
Less than three months ago, there was a second beheading incident in the Cincinnati area. Earlier in the year, a person employed at a daycare was taken into custody and accused of using scissors to sever the head of a two-year-old child.
At an apartment complex opposite St. John’s University, a 1-month-old baby was tragically decapitated during a quarrel between his mom and her beau in November 2014.
An autopsy revealed that the 3-month-old baby girl had no blood in her body, which brought the decapitation to light.
What just occurred? How can one comprehend it? Let’s begin: 7 facts about this unfortunate event.
It appears that the mother was likely born with a predisposition for mental illness or addiction. It is not an attempt to assign blame, but instead to provide insight into the circumstances. Generally, people can inherit or come across certain conditions over time.
2) Nevertheless, she had been abstaining from drug use for two years and did not have any discernible record of mental health issues in her relatives.
3) She felt confident that her infant was controlled by evil spirits and that cutting off her head would rescue her. To put it differently, regardless of her mental health status, the social workers were managing a person with a false belief.
4) The social workers in this nation should feel embarrassed. The authorities warned them to separate the mother from her kid unless they were present, but they didn’t pay attention. I wish I could state this is an anomalous case, but it isn’t. Every day there are kids dying due to these social workers but nobody is taking any action or seems to be concerned.
If it’s the case that the social workers were alerted to a potential issue but still chose not to heed it, then no action can be taken until something goes awry. On the other hand, if you have any other inquiries related to this situation, feel free to leave a comment.
6) During her recovery from her addiction to drugs, Deasia Watkins was told to take medication and instructed by a judge to obtain mental health counseling. This serves as further proof that the mother was not exhibiting signs of mental illness, but instead, her confusion stemmed from her addiction to drugs.
7) On the night of March 16, 2015, the body of a child without its head was discovered. The following day, two separate times (8:30 and 10:30 AM), the decapitated head was found in a tranquil neighborhood with no signs of disorder around the residence. What happened there? That is something none of us know. However, it is typically true that serial killers tend to fall between the ages of mid-30s and early 40s. If anyone has any other ideas on the matter, please let us know.