74-Year-Old Wis. Mother Charged in 1957 Death of Infant Daughter

Ruby Klokow (WFRV)
74-Year-Old Mother Charged in 1957 Death of Infant Daughter
Ruby Klokow (WFRV)

(CBS/AP) A 74-year-old Wisconsin woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter - more than five decades after the child's death was deemed an accident.

Ruby Klokow, of Sheboygan, was arrested at her home Monday, Jan. 31 for the 1957 death of her baby, Jeaneen, reports the Journal Sentinel.

Prosecutors say Klokow confessed to causing the fatal injuries to her young child whose death had been listed as "accidental." A then 20-year-old Klokow told investigators the baby fell off a couch while she was tending to her son, according to The Sheboygan Press.

The investigation was reopened in 2008 after Klokow's son, James, told police that he believed his mother was responsible for his sister's death. James says his mother had long blamed him for Jeaneen's death, which prompted him to come forward, District Attorney Joe DeCecco told the Press.

A criminal complaint alleges that Klokow had a history of abusing her children and that another child, Scott Klokow, was found dead in his crib in 1964, although prosecutors say there's no evidence of foul play.

The bodies of both children were exhumed in July.

Klokow is being held at the Sheboygan County Jail on $10,000 bail.