Woman, 76, Gets 10 Years for 1957 Murder of Daughter

Judge rejects leniency for Ruby Klakow of Wisconsin

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 4:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prosecutors wanted the judge to impose a 45-day jail sentence along with 10 years of probation. Instead, she gave 76-year-old Ruby Klokow of Sheboygan 10 years in prison after Klokow pleaded no contest to killing her infant daughter in 1957, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A lesser sentence would "unduly depreciate" the crime, the judge ruled. Klokow could be eligible for parole in two and a half years.

Klokow admits that she flung her 6-month-old daughter to the floor in a fit of anger, but for years she claimed it was an accident. When her son was 11, she actually blamed him for the death, saying his fussing as an 18-month-old at the time had distracted her and caused her to drop the baby. He ran away at age 13 and started digging into the case as an adult when an aunt told him the truth. "I always wanted a sister," the 57-year-old told the judge. "I did not know I had a sister until my mom accused me of killing my baby sister when I was 11 years old."

Ruby Klokow, behind glass, reacts to being sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Sheboygan, Wis.
Ruby Klokow, behind glass, reacts to being sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Sheboygan, Wis.   (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Bruce Halmo)
Ruby Klokow, right behind glass, reacts to being sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Sheboygan, Wis., for the 1957 death of her infant daughter.
Ruby Klokow, right behind glass, reacts to being sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Sheboygan, Wis., for the 1957 death of her infant daughter.   (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Bruce Halmo)
Ruby Klokow, right, is taken into custody after the sentencing.
Ruby Klokow, right, is taken into custody after the sentencing.   (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Bruce Halmo)
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