A 20-year-old mom is charged with murder after she allegedly stabbed her 3-month-old baby on Monday. According to reports, she stabbed the infant multiple times with a chef’s knife before decapitating the child.
March 19 th, 2015
Hamilton County Prosecutor, Joe Deters, said the mother had been forbidden to have contact with her baby after being hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder. Deters added the aunt had apparently allowed Watkins to live with her child.
“Speaking of demons”
Family members said on Tuesday Watkins was suffering from postpartum depression and was “speaking of demons”.
After being diagnosed with Postpartum Psychosis, a severe mental illness, the court ordered her to stay away from her daughter. The baby was placed in an aunt’s custody soon afterwards.
The police was notified on Monday after a 5-year child and other children, who were on their way to catch a school bus, had found Jayniah’s body on the kitchen counter.
Officials said police found Watkins in her bed covered with blood, and her dead daughter Jayniah on the kitchen counter inside her College Hill home in Ohio. She was immediately arrested and charged with aggravated murder.
Hamilton County prosecutor said the aunt was apparently asleep when the 5-year-old child ran out for help from a male relative who had dropped the children off.
Police had initially gone to Watkins’ apartment on 25 January after receiving complaints of a screaming baby, and allegedly found the mother using marijuana.
The baby was found in her arms and as the police forcefully took the baby from her, she passed out with open eyes, according a local source. The police shortly afterwards filed child neglect charges with a local court.
"This is one of the most disturbing cases I have ever seen in my life," Deters said. "It was pretty clear to the officers involved that she is suffering from some serious mental issues," Deters added.
One in seven women has depression in the year after they give birth, according to a study released on 13 March in the online edition of JAMA Psychiatry. Postpartum psychosis is very rare and seen in only 1 in 1,000 new mothers. Suicide is the most threatening leading cause of death among women suffering from postpartum depression. “Screening for depression in the postpartum period will save lives”, says Kathering L. Wisner, MD, Professor of psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at North-western University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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