The St. Paul woman charged with drowning her 6-year-old daughter days before Christmas has been found incompetent to stand trial.
The results of a mental health evaluation for Kayla M. Jones, 25, were presented in court Thursday during her omnibus hearing. Jones is charged with one count of second-degree murder in Ramsey County District Court for killing her daughter, Azaria Jones, in the family’s bathtub on Dec. 23.
Jones appeared in court in a protective green vest.
Ramsey County District Judge Joy Bartscher said that Jones would be transported to Regions Hospital for further evaluation and that she would be referred for civil commitment.
According to the complaint filed against Jones: Police were called about 8:10 a.m. to an apartment in the 1300 block of Maynard Avenue E. in the Highland Park neighborhood. Jones’ boyfriend was crying and screaming.
Jones was arrested at the scene in wet clothes.
Jones later allegedly told a police sergeant that she believed her daughter had been molested and that she killed the girl after hearing, “Save the child, don’t send him … to the monster,” the complaint said.
Jones allegedly told the sergeant that she held her daughter face down in the tub for “like a minute or two” as the girl thrashed and kicked, and that she herself had been molested as a child.
Family members who attended Thursday’s hearing declined to comment.