Ohio mom accused of decapitating baby competent for trial

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CINCINNATI (AP) – An Ohio woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has been found competent to stand trial.

Twenty-year-old Deasia (dee-AY’-shuh) Watkins was ordered to a psychiatric center for treatment and evaluation in April. The judge has since found her competent to stand trial on an aggravated murder charge in the March death of Jayniah Watkins.

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Watkins pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. She is scheduled for an October hearing where a trial date could be set.

Watkins’ attorney, Norman Aubin, said Thursday he believes her competency has been restored. But he says mental illness prevented her from understanding her actions at the time of the slaying.

Police found Jayniah decapitated in the home of an aunt who was temporarily caring for her. They found Watkins in bed, covered with blood.

 

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