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Ohio mother, Deasia Watkins pleaded guilty to charges relating to the stabbing and decapitation death of her 3-month-old

Updated on May 31, 2017

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Ohio mother, Deasia Watkins pleaded guilty to charges relating to the stabbing and decapitation death of her 3-month-old daughter in 2015. Deasia originally plead not-guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect, however, after psychological testing it was determined that she was competent to stand trial. Nearly two-years later Deasia was sentenced to 15-years to life in prison with 19-months credit for the time she was in jail before she was found guilty.

It angers me that she would be given such a light sentence, however, this isn't the first time this has happened. In 2015 another mother drugged her own toddler with heroin to put him to sleep so that she could smoke crack without him crying, well mommy of the year was given a six-year prison term.



BACKGROUND OF THE CASE

20-year-old Deasia Watkins stood in front of a circuit court judge as her bail was set at $500,000, stemming from charges of aggravated murder in connection to the stabbing death of her 3-month-old daughter earlier this month. Authorities state that not only did this young mother stab her infant daughter, she decapitated her as well, showing that this young mother definitely was not in her right mind at the time of the murder. The deceased body of the 3-month-old infant was found on a kitchen counter inside of a Cincinnati, Ohio home belonging to the aunt of Watkins; the legal caretaker of the young child. Watkins showed up to court bearing handcuffs; remaining quite as a mouse as her bail hearing began inside of a Hamilton County Municipal court, preceded by Judge Melissa Powers. At the end of the hearing, Judge Powers scheduled Watkins to appear in front of the grand jury on March 26, 2015; for the purpose of deciding if the young mother should be indicted on murder charges. Watkins attorney, Michael Joseph Trapp, said on Friday that he had no comments to share at the time.

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Postpartum Psychosis?

Shortly after Watkins arrest she had treated in the hospital receiving a psychiatric evaluation, but sources have said that she has since been transferred to the county jail. What baffles police and the nation is why such a beautiful young mother would want to harm her own child, and in such a brutal way. Sources have indicated that Watkins was deemed to be a threat to her child in the months before the incident; as family members stated that she had been acting irrational and talking about demons, leaving a juvenile court to place the baby into the custody of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services department. Shortly after the Department of Family Services placed the infant into the temporary custody of Watkins aunt, who was told that she was to keep the young mother away from the baby unless in the direct supervision of a social worker.

Obviously Watkins auntie didn’t listen to this and she allowed the young mother to move into her home against the directions of the court and social services, allowing the mentally ill mother access to the child and the potential risk of the infant being hurt, and in this case the infant was killed. Sources state that Watkins stabbed the baby some 15 times before decapitating her on Monday; and when police responded to the 911 call they found the decapitated baby, saying that the young infant had suffered from multiple stab wounds made by a large chef’s knife. The baby also suffered a fractured arm, and that the knife had been placed within the hand of the young child. Next police found Watkins lying in bed covered in the baby’s blood, leaving the County prosecutor, Joe Deters to believe that Watkins was suffering from serious mental problems…

A few months before the infants murder; Watkins was hospitalized on January 25, 2015 after police found the young mother at home screaming while the baby was crying. A young man named James Brown, who is believed to be the father of the young baby told police that Watkins had been acting rather crazy lately; speaking to him of demons leaving the police no choice by to commit her for a psychiatric evaluation.

According to court documents the outcome of that psychiatric evaluation showed that the young mother was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is considered to be a rare illness affecting the mental state of about 1 out of every 1000 live deliveries, or about .1% of bitches. The onset of the psychosis is considered to be sudden, most often occurring within the first two weeks after the mother had given birth. The common symptoms seen in these cases are delusions, hallucinations, irritability, hyperactivity, decreased sleep, paranoia, mood swings, and lack of communication. Only about 4% of these cases end in infanticide, while 5% end in suicide, simply because much like schizophrenia; the sufferer feels that their delusions are real, much more real than reality. Typically postpartum psychosis can be treated by a professional and the sufferer can go on with their life without any worry, but in certain cases, like in this one it becomes too late and someone gets hurt; or killed. Nonetheless the doctors deemed Watkins to be a danger to her child after being diagnosed, and would remain a danger to her child unless she took prescription medication to battle the psychosis.

Whose to blame and why is the aunt not being charged?

In this case the agency is not being blamed for failing the child, as they found a suitable relative to care for the baby and made sure to check on her numerous times. The social workers were unaware that the child’s mother had moved into the aunt’s home roughly about a week before she killed the infant. The prosecutor’s office has yet to reveal the name of the aunt at this time, but said that she may be needed as a witness at a later date, but honestly to me she needs to be charged with murder or at least child endangerment causing the death of a child since she was the one that went against the court order and allowed the mother to move into the home, granting her access to the child whom she knew she wasn’t supposed to be around as she was deemed a danger to the child. How can this aunt just be a witness when she allowed the mother to be around the baby?

© 2015 Amanda Seaton

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