Ohio Mother Accused of Decapitating Baby Due in Court

Mar 20, 2015 9:25 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) - A judge has set bail for an Ohio mother accused of decapitating her 3-month-old baby at $500,000.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Melissa Powers set bail at a brief hearing Friday, where a handcuffed Deasia Watkins didn't speak. She will go before a grand jury March 26.

The 20-year-old Watkins was charged with aggravated murder after her daughter's body was found Monday on a kitchen counter in an aunt's home.

Authorities say 3-month-old Jayniah Watkins had been decapitated and stabbed multiple times with a large chef's knife. Police found Watkins in bed covered with blood.

Watkins was previously forbidden to have contact with her daughter after being hospitalized for psychiatric problems.

Watkins was released from a hospital Thursday where she was under guard and remains in the county jail.


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