Police blame daughter for her mother’s suicide in Oklahoma City after she gave her a gun

An Oklahoma woman was slapped with a murder charge after her elderly mother committed suicide on September 10.

Jaye Dee Watts, 44, was her 72-year-old mother’s primary caregiver.

Lynda Watts suffered from dementia.

A Ring camera inside the Oklahoma City home showed Jaye Dee verbally abusing her mom before allegedly handing her a handgun and telling her, “Do with it what you f***ing will, b**ch.”

According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, Jay Dee “intentionally provided a firearm to the victim which prompted the victim to take her own life.”

“Oh, I’m raising a 72-year-old toddler,” the daughter is said to have told her mother in the captured video. “I can talk to you however I f***ing want to.”

“Court documents say the daughter told her mother to ‘take your pill or choke on it and die,'” Blaze Media reports.

The video allegedly shows Jaye Dee leaving her mother’s bedroom and returning with the gun. She then instructed her mother on how to remove it from the holster.

At one point, Jaye Dee returned to Lynda’s room, a drill in hand, and said she was going to lock her mother in her bedroom. According to police, moments later, Lynda fired two shots, killing herself.

“It’s not something that we see all too often,” Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Dillon Quirk told KOCO-TV. “Suggested that she take her own life, very sadly she did.”

An arrest warrant for Jaye Dee from the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office was issued to the Oklahoma City Police Department. Ultimately, the despicable daughter turned herself in, allegedly telling investigators, “It sucks being a 24/7 caregiver.”

She admitted to giving her mother the gun, according to KOTV.

Jaye Dee was charged with felony murder by a caretaker and kidnapping, police said. She posted a $1 million bond and was released.

According to The Senior List, each year, “one in 10 older adults will experience some form of elder abuse, and many endure multiple types of abuse simultaneously.”

“In the past 20 years, the rate of nonfatal assaults involving seniors has risen over 75 percent for men and over 35 percent for women,” the organization states. “Nearly 5 percent of all seniors are subjected to psychological abuse in any given year.”

By 2050, 320 million seniors will suffer from elder abuse, according to the World Health Organization. The most common form of elder abuse — 27% — is emotional neglect from family members. The statistics for those who suffer from cognitive decline are heart-wrenching.

“Nearly 42 percent of seniors with dementia experience emotional abuse from their caregivers,” The Senior List reports.

Spouses or adult children make up 60% of the abusers, and “90 percent of elder abuse cases occur in the victim’s residential home.”

To make matters worse, “Over 91 percent of seniors who have suffered abuse at the hands of family members report being satisfied with those family members, despite being abused.”

Many cases go unreported.

“Only one in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported to the authorities,” according to The Senior List. “One in 12 cases of psychological elder abuse goes unreported.”

Melissa Fine


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