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Slain Watonga girl's mother speaks out

Erma Daukei, the mother of slain Rosalin Reynolds, 8, speaks about her daughter's personality and her last night alive. James “Icey” Daukei Jr., 20, of Watonga, OK, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the second-grader.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: March 28, 2011
/articleid/3552433/1/pictures/1386528">Photo - Rosalin Reynolds, the 8-year-old Watonga girl was found stabbed to death Wednesday. Photo courtesy of
Rosalin Reynolds, the 8-year-old Watonga girl was found stabbed to death Wednesday. Photo courtesy of

“They (DHS) said since a murder happened in the home and Ralph has had some problems in the past,” is why the children were removed from the home, Daukei said.

A DHS spokeswoman said Friday she was prohibited by law from discussing the case.

Court records show Reynolds has had several traffic violations.

Between 2000 to 2002, he was charged with driving while suspended, running a roadblock and eluding a police officer, records show.

The final night

Everything was running late — dinner, bedtimes, baths.

“It was a hectic night,” Daukei said.

She said she woke up early Wednesday to check on the children.

“I went to the bathroom and saw blood in the bathroom and a bloody knife in the sink,” Daukei said.

With a sickening feeling in her soul, the frantic mother went room to room searching for her children.

“I went into the girls' room and saw she was gone,” Daukei said of Rosalin.

Ralph Reynolds told investigators he and another man, Frank Skinner, found James Daukei about 5 a.m. Wednesday lying next to the child in a field behind Grand Prairie Apartments, where the family lives. James Daukei had a shovel which he had used to dig a hole, and Rosalin's body had at least four puncture or incise wounds, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Martin Solorzano reported in a court affidavit.

During the past five days, Erma Daukei's raw emotions have gone from one extreme to another.

“Ralph hasn't been beside me,” Daukei said. “I don't know where he is.”

But the grieving mother has had support from her family and community.

With grief ripping her heart apart by the hour, Daukei said she still feels sorry for her cousin, James, but is inconsolable about losing Rosalin.

“Every night she came up to me and said ‘I love you, Mom,' and every morning and throughout the day, she would said ‘I love you,'” Daukei said. “I just miss that so much.” has disabled the comments for this article.


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