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Authorities: Mother who allegedly beheaded infant suffers mental illness

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The mother accused of beheading her 3-month-old daughter may suffer from a condition called Postpartum Psychosis, a very rare but severe mental illness, authorities announced Tuesday.

"If she has a mental illness, the onset of this occurred recently and very rapidly,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters at a press conference.

While most media outlets are showing Deasia Watkins' driver's license photo, it doesn't come close to resembling what the mother looks like right now. 

Deters described Watkins as disheveled and said she is clearly not taking care of herself. While most new mothers do experience some type of postpartum depression, Watkins is suffering from much more, officials said.

Less than two months ago, the woman was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and prescribed the medication Risperdal, county court records show. 

Hamilton County Department of Job & Family Services believe Watkins may not have been taking her medication. That may have led to delusional thinking and hallucinations.

"It strikes against the very core of what we as humans and particularly a new mom is going to do,” says Stephen Strakowski, M.D. a psychiatry professor at UC Health.

According to Postpartum Support International, unlike postpartum depression which occurs in 1 in 8 new mothers, postpartum psychosis is much more rare and seen only 1 in 1,000 new mothers.

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