Mom charged in daughter’s death found mentally ill

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ST. PAUL — A St. Paul woman accused of drowning her 6-year-old daughter in the bathtub has been committed indefinitely to the Minnesota Security Hospital.

Twenty-five-year-old Kayla Marie Jones appeared Monday for a review hearing following a 60-day mental health evaluation.

Based on the evaluation, Ramsey County Judge David Higgs determined Jones is mentally ill and dangerous and should stay at the St. Peter hospital indefinitely.

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Jones was charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 23 drowning of her daughter, Azaria Jones.

According to a criminal complaint, Jones told police she put her daughter in the tub to “save her from this world.”