A 76-year-old woman has been sentenced for killing an infant in 1957. Ruby C. Klokow of Wisconsin was convicted of killing her infant daughter over 50 years ago. She has been sentenced to spend a maximum of 10 years in prison for the heinous crime.
The death of 6-month-old Jeaneen Klokow was ruled accidental, but the case was re-examined after a tip from the defendant’s son. In 2008 Ruby’s son, James Klokow Jr., contacted authorities and explained that his infant sister’s death was no accident.
As reported by the Huffington Post, James explained that he, his brother Bruce, and his baby sister were routinely exposed to Ruby’s rage. James described how his mother beat he and his brother so badly that they suffered broken bones. He also told detectives that his mother was responsible for his 6-month-old sister’s death.
In 1957, authorities ruled the child’s death as accidental — despite a collapsed lung, multiple bruises, and brain hemorrhaging. James says that Ruby blamed him for his sister’s death as he was misbehaving when it happened.
When questioned by authorities in 2010, Ruby admitted that she threw her infant daughter onto the couch. She states that the infant fell from the couch and landed on the floor.
Authorities charged Ruby with the death of her infant in 1957.
As the case was more than 50 years old, prosecutors made the decision to offer Ruby a plea bargain. She plead no contest to second-degree murder in February and was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison for causing her daughter’s death.
As reported by the Journal Sentinel, Ruby claimed that she had been sexually abused by her father. Additionally, she stated that she was often frustrated with raising four children. She admits that she was “mean” to them and never should have had any children.
In 1964, Ruby’s fourth child, Scott, also died. Authorities were unable to prove that her other son died as the result of abuse or neglect.
The 76-year-old woman was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison for the death of her infant daughter in 1957. Ruby’s attorney, Kirk Obear, plans to file an appeal.