Mother stabs 3-month-old baby, cuts head off

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Cincinnati - Court records show Watkins was diagnosed with post-partum psychosis and had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication.



By AP

Published: Tue 15 Nov 2016, 3:35 PM

Last updated: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 12:35 AM

A woman accused of stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has rejected a plea deal as she pursues an insanity defense ahead of trial in Cincinnati.
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Twenty-one-year-old Deasia (dee-AY'-shuh) Watkins previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the March 2015 death of Jayniah Watkins.
WCPO-TV reports that if the court finds Watkins not guilty by reason of insanity, she'd be under the court's jurisdiction for life without parole.
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Court records show Watkins was diagnosed with post-partum psychosis and had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication.
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Prosecutor Joe Deters has said Watkins looked zombie-like when she was hospitalized in the days after her arrest.
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Watkins was ordered to have psychiatric treatment and evaluation last year and has since been found competent to stand trial.
 


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