Mother Who ‘Beheaded Her Three-Month-Old Daughter’ Pleads Not Guilty to Murder as Her Bail is Increased to $5 Million (VIDEO)

by Cassy Fiano | March 27, 2015 3:34 pm

The story of Deasia Watkins and her daughter, Janiyah, is truly tragic: Deasia was diagnosed with post-partum psychosis and had the baby removed from her care by social services; her aunt, however, allowed Deasia to move in with her anyway and within a week, Deasia had killed her daughter in the most brutal, gruesome way. Now, Watkins has pled not guilty and her bail has been increased to $5 million.

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Deasia Watkins, 20, was arraigned on the charge in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, where her attorney entered the not-guilty plea for her.

Judge Charles Kubicki ordered that Watkins be transferred to the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare facility in Columbus for psychological evaluation and he increased her bail from $500,000 to $5 million.

Watkins was arrested last week after police, responding to a 911 call on March 16, found Jayniah Watkins decapitated on the kitchen counter in the home of an aunt who was temporarily caring for her.

… Watkins was considered a threat to her child and had been ‘acting crazy’ and talking about demons when a juvenile court judge earlier in March placed the baby in the custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

Social workers later placed the baby in the aunt’s care, warning her to keep the mother away from the child unless social workers were present, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the county welfare agency followed court orders in finding a relative to care for the baby and checking on her numerous time, but they said social workers didn’t know the mother apparently moved into the aunt’s home about a week before the slaying.

Court documents also show that Watkins was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, and doctors declared her unsafe around the child unless she took prescribed medication.

The person at fault here is not the mother of the child, who was clearly psychotic and a danger to the baby; post-partum psychosis is a legitimate medical condition and social services did all they could to help the mother recover and keep the baby safe. Yet for some insane reason, the aunt allowed Watkins to move in with her, in direct contradiction to her orders from social services. If there is anyone to blame for this tragedy, it’s the woman who ignored authorities and allowed a woman suffering from a dangerous mental illness be around her daughter unsupervised.

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