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22-year-old mother decapitates three-month-old baby and pretends baby killed herself

By Mason White 1:50 PM February 26, 2017
Deasia Watkins
Deasia Watkins
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A young mother killed her newborn daughter before making it appear as though the baby killed herself.

22-year-old Deasia Watkins of Ohio, stabbed and beheaded her three-month-old daughter. She then placed the weapon in her child’s hand.

Watkins told police that she put the chef’s knife in her daughter’s hand so that people think that the baby killed herself.

Watkins had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to aggravated murder.

However, a forensic psychiatrist said that her actions of placing the blade in the child’s hands showed that she understood that what she was doing was wrong.

After Watkins was found to be competent to stand trial, she pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

According to court records, Watkins was considered a threat to her daughter after she was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis.

A juvenile court judge placed the baby in the custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

Social workers later placed the baby in the temporary care of an aunt, who was reportedly warned to keep the mother away from the child unless social workers were present.

However, Watkins moved into her aunt’s house a week before killing her baby on her aunt’s kitchen counter.