After 53 Years, Mom Charged in Baby Daughter's Death
Ruby Klokow, now 74, admitted to causing death
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2011 4:48 PM CST
A mother was charged with the murder of her daughter 53 years after the baby's death.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – More than 50 years after the suspicious death of a 7-month-old little girl, her mother has been arrested and charged with the killing. Jeaneen Marie Klokow supposedly died after falling off a sofa in 1957, but relatives thought Ruby C. Klokow, now 74, may have played a role in the death. In 2008, Klokow’s oldest child, James, finally reported his suspicions to police and told them of the abuse Klokow allegedly inflicted on him and his siblings. After a two-year investigation, she was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Police had a tough time investigating the case, because physical evidence and many records were gone. An autopsy, as well as testimony from relatives, helped. Ultimately, Klokow herself admitted she had a hard time raising four children and might have treated her daughter too roughly. Both Jeaneen and another baby sibling, Scott, were disinterred; James believed his mother may also have played a role in Scott’s 1964 death. Klokow admitted causing Jeaneen’s death, but no evidence of foul play was found on Scott’s remains. Click for more on the tragic case, including how Jeaneen actually died.

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Feb 6, 2011 11:46 PM CST
Thank God rigorous policework will keep this dangerous 74 year old off the streets.
Feb 6, 2011 7:26 PM CST
there is no statute of limitations on murder or manslaughter etc. i'm not able to summon up sympathy for her in regards to her age after reading how she kicked one of her children with steel toed boots and inflicted physical abuse on another by hitting his toes with a hammer while his head was covered in a paper bag. yes it was a different time back in 1957. there are most likely more of these stories that will never come to light. but the bottom line is this woman was a child abuser and baby murderer. and with that she deserves incarceration. 3 hots and a cot. medical care. at 74 she finally found a place to take care of her. sad.
Feb 6, 2011 4:54 PM CST
So now this murderer gets free room and board for the rest of her life....somehow that just doesn't seem like justice.