Mom accused of beheading baby found competent to stand trial
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The mom accused of beheading her 3-month-old daughter has been found competent to stand trial, according to the Hamilton County prosecutors office.
Doctors will still continue to examine Deasia Watkins, 20, to see if she meets the not guilty by reason of insanity legal standard.
"It's rarely used and rarely successful," said former Hamilton County prosecutor and Fox 19 Now Legal Analyst Mike Allen.
Watkins is said to be suffering from a condition called Postpartum Psychosis, a very rare but severe mental illness, according to county court records.
It's a disease that affects 1 in 1000 new mothers. The condition has a 4 percent suicide rate and 5 percent infanticide rate.
"Many people diagnosed with that end up doing something horrible to their children. With her being diagnosed with it perhaps they will be able to do not guilty by reason of insanity," Allen said,
She will be back in court to discuss the issue on Oct. 15.
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In what Prosecutor Joe Deters calls "one of the most disturbing cases I've ever seen in my life," Watkins is accused of beheading Jayniah Watkins in March inside a relative's home on 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.
Caseworkers at Hamilton County Job and Family Services said they believe Watkins may not have been taking her medication. That could have led to delusional thinking and hallucinations.
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