CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The woman who pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges for beating and trying to kill her son was sentenced to at least 14 years in prison by a Cuyahoga County judge on Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors said Dazshea Watkins recorded herself as she tried to drown her then-6-year-old boy in a bathtub in 2019.
In the video, which was played during Thursday’s court hearing, Watkins could be heard repeatedly claiming, “He’s dead.”
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Fortunately, the child did survive.
Watkins also tried to smother her child with a pillow and beat him in the head with a broom during multiple incidents of abuse that took place between April and August 2019 at her Cleveland-area home, according to investigators.
The 27-year-old did speak during Thursday’s court appearance. She apologized for her actions and admitted that she was not mentally stable at the time, but tried to defend herself as a parent by providing food and housing for him. Here Dazshea Watkins tries to show remorse.
“I can’t say sorry enough. But I wish I could. I’d say it a thousand times. He didn’t serve that and I was in the wrong state of mind. I was selfish and I was thinking about my self.”
Watkins was arrested in September 2019 and pleaded guilty in January 2021 to multiple charges, including felonious assault, attempted murder, kidnapping, endangering children, pandering obscenity involving a minor, and domestic violence.
Before remanding Watkins to prison, Common Pleas Court Judge Deborah Turner put this tragic series of event in perspective.
“What she inflicted on her son came out of the hurt in regards to herself. So, you have a son who was traumatized by his mother. You have a daughter subsequently born and then we have you sitting here with broken pieces.”
The judge imposed a minimum of a 14-year sentence for Watkins, but added that she could serve up to 16-and-a-half years behind bars.