By Rick McCrabb
Ever since her daughter was found dead near the Bolton Water Works Plant nearly three weeks ago, Seletta Wilson has counted the hours until someone was charged in the murder.
For Wilson, that news was delivered Tuesday night when Fairfield police told her a Cincinnati man had been charged in her daughter’s death.
Wilson said it was “like a sigh of relief” when police told her a warrant had been issued.
“I know this won’t bring my daughter back, but I didn’t want my daughter’s murder to go unsolved,” she said Wednesday morning while fighting back tears at her 10th Avenue home in Middletown. “I wanted justice for her. I’m happy and sad at the same time.”
Juwan Hawkins, 19, was charged in the murder of De’Asia Sims, 20, a 2013 Middletown High School graduate who was found dead Dec. 15 off Lick Road in Fairfield. He has been identified as Sims’ boyfriend, said Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey.
Wilson told this news outlet she suspected her daughter had secretly gone to see Hawkins in Colerain Twp. because he “no longer was welcome in this house.”
On Aug. 11, 2014, Wilson called Middletown police and said Hawkins had stolen her 2004 Mitsubishi Galant that was parked outside her home.
De’Asia Sims left her Middletown home at about 1 p.m. Dec. 12, saying she was going to visit a cousin in Hamilton. But that cousin told police Sims never arrived. Her mother reported her missing to Middletown police at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 after being told her daughter’s 1999 Chevy was found abandoned in a park.
Sims’ purse and other personal belongings were inside the vehicle, according to police records. Wilson told police that she didn’t believe Sims would have left her vehicle unattended.
Fairfield police said last week Sims’ death had been ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s office, but a press release faxed to media lists the the manner and mode of death as pending.
Hawkins was arrested and booked Dec. 19 into the Hamilton County Jail on a theft charge. He is housed in that jail on a $150,000 bond after a felony indictment was issued in Hamilton County on Dec. 23. He will be booked into the Butler County Jail and will face charges after the Hamilton County case — which accuses him of failing in September to return electronic monitoring equipment belonging to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office — is completed, according to police.
Officer Doug Day would not release any further information about what led police to Hawkins, where Sims’ death occurred, or the manner of the death.
Wilson said it was extremely difficult to celebrate Christmas without her daughter at home.
“It’s been so hard, it’s been so hard,” she said. “It hasn’t really been much of a Christmas. It was like I died with her that day. I don’t know if I will ever get over it, but I have to live with it.”
Sims attended Butler Tech and was studying to be a dental assistant at Miami Jacobs College and was expected to graduate in December 2015, her mother said. She had two jobs: a telemarketer and a health aide for the elderly, her mother said.
De’Asia is the second child Wilson has buried. About 15 years ago, her 6-month-old son died from health complications, she said.
Wilson said she named De’Asia after a little Middletown girl who died. She loved the name and asked the girl’s mother if she could name her daughter De’Asi