In a distressing turn of events, a 44-year-old Oklahoma woman, Jaydee Watts, has been arrested for allegedly aiding in her 72-year-old mother’s suicide by providing a firearm. The tragic incident unfolded in Oklahoma City on September 10, leading to Watts facing serious charges.
Lynda Watts, the victim, was found dead at home, determined to have taken her own life. Oklahoma City Police revealed that during their investigation, it was uncovered that Jaydee Watts intentionally supplied the firearm, prompting her mother’s tragic decision.
Watts now faces charges of felony murder by caretaker abuse and kidnapping. She had been the primary caregiver for her mother, who was reportedly suffering from dementia at the time of her death, according to KOCO News.
Court documents cited by the New York Post describe a distressing scene captured on footage inside Lynda Watts’ home on the day of the incident. Jaydee Watts allegedly used verbally abusive language, instructing her mother to “take your pill or choke on it and die” before leaving and returning with a handgun.
The footage reportedly shows Watts taking the firearm out of the holster and leaving it behind, saying, “Do with it what you f—— will.” Watts briefly left, returned with a threat to lock her mother in the bedroom, and carried a drill. Tragically, Lynda Watts then shot herself twice.
After the incident, Watts contacted a hospice worker to inform them of her mother’s death. During the subsequent police investigation, Watts expressed the challenges of being a 24/7 caregiver, stating, “it sucks being a 24-7 caregiver.”
Oklahoma City Police Master Sergeant Dillon Quirk told the New York Post, “[Watts] suggested that she take her own life, very sadly she did.” Following the issuance of a warrant for her arrest, Watts turned herself in and was placed in jail in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Watts has since been released on a $1 million bond, as the police state that the investigation is still in its early stages. The community grapples with the complexities surrounding the tragedy, highlighting the delicate balance of caregiving responsibilities and the profound impact on individuals involved.