Ohio woman accused of beheading 3-month-old daughter

CINCINNATI -  A Cincinnati area woman faces charges in connection with the grisly death of her baby daughter as sources close to the investigation say the girl was beheaded.

Deasia Watkins, 20, has been charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of her 3-month-old girl on Monday, according to police.

Cincinnati Police said they responded to the 5900 block of Waldway Lane at about 6 a.m. for a report of a deceased infant. Officers said they found the 3-month-old dead inside the home.

Early investigation showed the baby suffered "multiple traumas" according to Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco. The coroner said Monday it remains unclear if Watkins acted alone.

"It's days like this when you really wonder how much evil there is in the world and how we're fighting it,” Sammarco said. “We're trying to do right by this child. We're trying to bring justice for this baby."

Sammarco said her investigative team will meet over the next several days before releasing more details.

Home of Deasia Watkins

Jimmie Graham lives next door to the Watkins household. He was shocked to hear about the baby's death, and watched the investigation unfold Monday.

"She must have been out of her mind," he said of Watkins. "I can't see how somebody could do something like that."

The Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit and the coroner's office are handling the investigation.

WCPO reporter Evan Millward and web editor Holly Pennebaker contributed to this report.

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