Documents: Mom accused of killing baby had psychosis, spoke of demons


GOOD EVENING TO YOU I’M SHEREE PAOLELLO. MIKE: I’M MIKE DARDIS. TONIGHT WLWT HAS LEARNED THE WOMAN ACCUSED OF DECAPITATING HER OWN BABY WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE NEAR HER DAUGHTER BECAUSE SHE WAS CONSIDERED A THREAT TO THAT CHILD’S SAFETY. SHEREE: BRIAN HAMRICK IS LEADING THE WAY FOR US LIVE TONIGHT WITH THE NEW DISTURBING DEVELOPMENTS TONIGHT. REPORTER: WELL THE DETAILS ARE UNNERVING. EVEN VETERAN OFFICERS AND PROSECUTORS SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING CASES THEY HAVE EVER SEEN, AND TONIGHT WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS WOMAN WHO WASN’T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE ANYWHERE NEAR HER DAUGHTER. AT THE HOME WHERE THE BABY WAS MURDERED A CALL TO 911. SOMEBODY PLEASE SEND THE POLICE, MY NIECE KILLED HER BABY. REPORTER: IT’S THE COUNT OF DEASIA WHO IS REALIZING WHAT HAPPENED. ALL I KNOW IS MY SON WILL MEET US AND THE BABY IS DEAD. REPORTER: WHEN INVESTIGATORS GET TO THE HOME IT’S MORE GRUESOME THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE IMAGINED. WATKINS IS ACCUSED OF STABBING HER 3-MONTH OLD BABY MULTIPLE TIMES BREAKING HER ARM, AND WORSE — THE HEAD WAS SEVERED FROM THE BODY. REPORTER: THE THE HAMILTON COUNTY CORONER AND PROSECUTOR SAY THIS IS AMONG THE MOST DISTURBING CASES THEY’VE EVER HANDLED. WE HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING, BUT THIS THIS IS BEYOND DESCRIPTION. REPORTER: THE HOUSE WHERE THE BABY WAS FOUND DEAD BELONGS TO WHAT THE KIN’S AUNT, THE BABY’S GREAT AUNT. CUSTODY OF THE BABY WAS TAKEN FROM WATKINS MARCH 6th AND GIVEN TO JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES, THEN TO THE AUNT. WATKINS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH POST PARTUM PSYCHOSIS. SHY WAS SPEAKING OF DEMONS. IT’S HARD FOR ME TO NOT HAVE SYMPATHY FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS THIS KIND OF MENTAL ILLNESS THAT THEY WOULD COME TO THE LEVEL WHERE THEY BEHEAD THEIR 3-MONTH OLD BABY. REPORTER: THE CHILD WAS TO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH THE MOTHER, BUT PROSECUTORS HAVE NOT DECIDED IF THE AUNT WILL FACE CHARGES. WATKINS REMAINS IN THE HOSPITAL CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MURDER . NOW THEY DO NOT EXPECT TO PURSUE THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST THE MOTHER BECAUSE OF HER MENTAL STATE. REPORTING LIVE, BRIAN HAMRICK, WLWT NEWS 5. SHEREE: THANK YOU. THE POLICE FORCE RESPONDED TO THIS HOME ON JANUARY 25th. THE MAN WHO SAYS THAT HE’S THE BABY’S FATHER TOLD INVESTIGATORS WATKINS HAS BEEN “ACTING CRAZY LATELY SPEAKING OF DEMONS.” THREE DAYS LATER SHE WAS RELEASE FLED A 72 HOUR HOLD AND DECLARED SAFE WITH THE BABY ONLY WHEN TALKING HER PRESCRIBED MEDICATION. ON FEBRUARY 24th A SOCIAL WORKER FILED A STATEMENT SAYING WATKINS WAS NOT TAKING HER MEDS. ON MARCH 6th THE BABY GIRL WAS REMOVED FROM WATKINS CARE AT A HEARING, BUT PROSECUTORS SAY ABOUT A WEEK AGO THE AUNT ALLOWED WATKINS TO COME AND LIVE WITH HER. SHE WAS CARING FOR THE BABY AT THE TIME AND THEN YESTERDAY THAT LITTLE BABY GIRL ONLY 3 MONTHS OLD WAS FOUND DEAD . YESTERDAY’S HOMICIDE IS PROMPTING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF NEW MOTHERS. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED HELP YOU CAN CALL THE TALBERT HOUSE’S 24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE.

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  1. So maybe this explains why the Aunt was saying "Im going to jail, Im going to jail",while her son was talking to the 911 Dispatcher. Why would she allow the mother to come live with her,and leave the baby unattended? It should have been in the same room as the aunt,behind a locked door,while the aunt was sleeping,if there wasnt someone else to watch over it. Im sure they realize that now but its pretty obvious,if the reason the aunt even had custody was because the baby had been removed and they did say the mother was not to be around it,unless taking her meds,in which she stopped,… and why didnt the aunt hear the baby crying during the stabbing? Maybe it didnt,sadly,because maybe it couldnt….so yea….sad,sad situation. The mother is a beautiful woman,and to just think–she did such a horrific thing! Its almost as if shes smiling in that pic. Is that her mug shot? Mental Disorder is no joke people! We are being poisoned,by our foid,our water,the medications we take…

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