- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter is seeking an expert’s evaluation on whether she was legally insane at the time of the slaying.

Twenty-one-year-old Deasia (dee-AY’-shuh) Watkins has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the March death of Jayniah Watkins.

Defense attorney Norm Aubin on Tuesday asked a Hamilton County judge for an expert evaluation.

Aubin says he wants to be sure he has sufficient evidence to proceed with a “not-guilty by reason of insanity” defense.

The next hearing will be Jan. 28.



Watkins was ordered to have psychiatric treatment and evaluation in April and has since been found competent to stand trial.

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

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