SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A 76-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of killing her infant daughter more than a half-century ago could serve little jail time after pleading no contest to second-degree murder Monday.
Sheboygan County prosecutors and the defense agreed to recommend Ruby Klokow be sentenced to 10 years of probation with 45 days in jail. Klokow was charged in the 1957 death of her 6-month-old daughter, Jeaneen, only after her son came forward in 2008 with horrific stories of childhood abuse.
Klokow told detectives when the death was initially investigated that the baby rolled off the couch and bumped her head. An autopsy determined the child died of a brain injury, and the death was ruled accidental.
After her son came forward, detectives questioned Ruby Klokow for five hours on two separate occasions, and she finally admitted she may have roughly thrown the baby on the couch all those years ago and the child bounced to the floor, according to District Attorney Joe DeCecco.
James Klokow Jr., now 57, told police that his mother blamed him for his sister’s death, DeCecco said.