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Woman charged with decapitating daughter ruled competent to stand trial

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A woman charged with decapitating her own child was ruled competent to stand trial again Wednesday. 

In what Prosecutor Joe Deters called "one of the most disturbing cases I've ever seen in my life," Deasia Watkins, 21, is accused of beheading 3-month-old Jayniah Watkins inside a relative's home last year on the quiet College Hill street Waldman Lane.

A child who arrived at the home later that morning found the newborn lying on the counter with a severed head.

The baby also suffered multiple stab wounds to the face and a fractured right arm. Her cause of death has yet to be determine, but the word "decapitation" will be used in the coroner's report.

Investigators said Watkins was suffering from post-partum psychosis at the time and that plays a big factor in the case. 

Since her arrest, Watkins has been getting psychological evaluations every few months to determine if she's sane. 

At the beginning of the investigation, she was found incompetent to stand trial, but after another test, a judge reversed the court's decision. 

Judge Kubicki set a trial date of October 24. She will report to court one more time before then on June 28. 

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