Deasia Watkins, 22, was sentenced to 15 year to life in prison yesterday, after she had stabbed and decapitated her 3-month-old baby back in 2015.
Watkins eventually pled guilty, which led to the sentencing. Originally she pled not guilty by reason of insanity to aggravated murder. A team decided she was mentally capable of standing trial after all.
Assistant Hamilton County prosecutor David Prem said that Watkins was found to be competent to stand trial even though there may be a degree of mental illness, because due to her own admission, she was found to consciously know the murder was wrong.
Prem explains, “”She dismembered or severed the head of this child… and the weapon she used she actually put in the child’s hand and then later told police she did that so that people would think that the child did it, not her. And as bizarre as that sounds the forensic psychiatrists say that’s direct evidence that she appreciated that what she was doing was wrong.”
The Daily Mail has more:
An Ohio mother who stabbed and decapitated her three-month-old daughter pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Thursday.
Deasia Watkins, 22, told a Hamilton County judge that she loved her daughter Jayniah Watkins, who she killed in March 2015, very much, according to WLWT.
Watkins previously had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to aggravated murder.
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 said Job and Family Services followed court orders by 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.