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Woman accused of trying to drown 6-year-old son in bathtub held on a $100,000 bond

Posted at 8:21 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 09:06:43-04

CLEVLEAND — A 25-year-old Cleveland woman accused of sending video of her attempting to drown her 6-year-old son in a bathtub to the child's father in August appeared in court on Wednesday.

Dazshea Watkins was arrested on Sept. 4 and indicted on Friday, Sept. 13. Bond was set at $10,000, and she posted bail on Sept. 12, according to court records.

During a video arraignment on Wednesday, Watkins pleaded not guilty.

Judge Dick Ambrose issued the recommended $100,000 bond with a GPS monitoring and no contact with the victim.

She was indicted on charges including two counts of attempted murder and multiple counts of endangering children, kidnapping and assault.

Watkins tried to drown her son in a bathtub on or about Aug 28, her indictment states.

Cleveland police investigated the incident after the child's aunt saw the video of the attempting drowning on the father's phone, according to the police report. On August 28, the father received the video, which showed Watkins holding the child by the neck under the water in the bathtub, with the child kicking and splashing water in an attempt to get away from mother. The video ended before it showed Watkins releasing the child.

After the father saw the video, he went to the house and found his son to be safe and took custody of him, the report states. The child's aunt told the father to report the incident, but the father said he did not want Watkins to go jail. When he did not file a report, the aunt filed one on his behalf. The aunt told Watkins to send her the video of the attempted drowning because the father said his phone accidentally reset and his copy of the video was lost.

Watkins is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23 at 9:00 a.m.

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