Charges: Mother drowned daughter to 'save her from this world'


A St. Paul woman is accused of drowning her 6-year-old daughter Tuesday, telling police she wanted to "save her from this world."

Kayla Marie Jones, 25, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon on a second-degree murder charge in the death of her daughter Azaria, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul police went to Jones' apartment in the 1500 block of Maynard Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday on a report that a girl had drowned in a bathtub. The caller told police over the phone the mother of the girl had drowned the child on purpose, according to FOX9.

When police arrived, they found Jones standing outside; her clothes were soaking wet.

The girl, who was unresponsive, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A man who said he was Jones' boyfriend told police he had argued with Jones inside the apartment, and Jones told him to leave. He was at a nearby bus stop when Jones came by a few minutes later. He asked about Azaria and she told him to call 911, according to the complaint.

When the man went back to the apartment he found Azaria underwater in the bathtub, according to the Pioneer Press. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said the girl died of drowning and ruled her death a homicide.

Jones told police investigators she suspected her daughter had been molested, according to the Pioneer Press. Jones told them she had been molested as a child.

Jones admitted to holding her daughter under the water for a minute or two to “save her from this world.”

She also told police she felt badly about what happened. “I do, I just can't even feel anything right now. I still can't believe this [sic], that I could do this to my own […] daughter,” according to FOX9.

Jones is in the Ramsey County jail on $2 million bond.

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