Ohio

Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prison

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Hamilton County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office shows Deasia Watkins, who pleaded guilty to murder Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the stabbing and decapitation of her 3-month-old daughter Jayniah Watkins in March 2015. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Kubicki Jr. sentenced Watkins to 15 years to life in prison. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Hamilton County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office shows Deasia Watkins, who pleaded guilty to murder Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the stabbing and decapitation of her 3-month-old daughter Jayniah Watkins in March 2015. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Kubicki Jr. sentenced Watkins to 15 years to life in prison. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Ohio woman charged with stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Deasia (dee-AY'-shuh) Watkins pleaded guilty Thursday in Jayniah Watkins' March 2015 death. She told a Hamilton County judge she loved her daughter.

Watkins had been ordered to have psychiatric treatment and been found competent to stand trial. Her attorneys say she was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, which can be characterized by depression, confusion and hallucinations beginning shortly after childbirth.

Police found the decapitated baby on the kitchen counter in the home of an aunt who was caring for her. The baby had been stabbed multiple times.

Authorities say Watkins appeared to have serious mental issues when they found her covered in blood in bed at the aunt's home.