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GUILTY WI - Jeaneen Klokow, 7 mos, dies of head trauma, Sheboygan, 1 March 1957

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  1. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    http://www.azcentral.com/news/artic...wisconsin-mother-charged-1957-baby-death.html

    Ruby Klokow, 74, of Sheboygan was charged this month in the 1957 death of her daughter, after her son came forward to police in 2008 with stories of horrific childhood abuse. Klokow was due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

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    No charges were filed after Jeaneen's death in 1957. Ruby Klokow told police the baby had fallen off a sofa while she was tending to a crying James. A family doctor told police the parents were "irresponsible," but he didn't think there was anything criminal about Jeaneen's death.

    Another of Ruby's children, Scott, was found dead in his crib seven years later under circumstances that are unclear; no charges have ever been filed in that case.

    In Jeaneen's case, an autopsy found Jeaneen suffered two brain hemorrhages, a partially collapsed lung and three scalp bruises. A forensic pathologist who recently reviewed the documents said the severity of the injuries was not consistent with Klokow's explanation.
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    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/artic...er-charged-1957-baby-death.html#ixzz1DTlfCXx5
     
  2. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Well-Known Member

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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wisconsin-mother-charged-babys-death-53-years/story?id=12867081

    For 50 years, James Klokow had believed what his mother told him; that he was responsible for his baby sister's death.

    Since he was 3, Klokow said, he believed that his crying distracted mother Ruby Klokow from looking after his 7-month-old sister, Jeaneen. If not for him, he was told his whole life, his mother would have kept the infant from falling off a sofa, smashing her skull and dying instantly.

    Now a different story has emerged and his mother, 74, is sitting in a Wisconsin jail, awaiting trial for allegedly killing her daughter in 1957.

    "James Klokow has spent his like thinking: 'I was responsible. My mother always told me Jeaneen died because I was fussy.' He finally realized he wasn't at fault," Sheboygan, Wis., District Attorney Joe DeCecco said today.
     
  3. masnitram

    masnitram Antithesis

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    http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/elderly_woman_charged_with_killing_her_baby_54_years_ago/

    I know hind-sight is 20/20, but what took so long??? I get that the living children may have been scared, I understand that. But where was the state of Wisconsin in all of this? I live here and can speculate all day....

    Seriously...I am at a loss for words. This is so sad....

    (from the link/article)

    "Klokow’s sister, Judith Post, told AP that she once saw Klokow toss baby Jeaneen to Klokow's husband, who made no effort to catch the child. “I blame both of them,” she said"
     
  4. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Sadly it seems back in the day this was not all that uncommon.

    Marie Noe from Philadelphia murdered her children one after another and got away with it. Like you said hindsight and all, and people look back and go "Hmmmmm, I took her to the hospital and never thought".

    Part of Marie Noe's pleas was she had to allow "Doctor's" to study her. Her husband has died. She's alone last I read.

    How sad for this family of children. Horrific.
     
  5. January.

    January. Active Member

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    Wow. This is wild. How sad for the older brother to have to grow up with the guilt that his mother placed in his head. At least now little Jeaneen will get some justice.
     
  6. MorenoI

    MorenoI New Member

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    I can't even imagine being a little kid and having your mom tell you it was your fault your little sister died. How sad and what a evil woman!

    Personally I don't think it matters that it happened many years ago, Jeaneen died because of head trauma. I also suspect this other child will have the same.

    RIP Jeaneen, hopefully you will have justice.
     
  7. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/lakeshore/ruby-klokow-found-competent-in-1957-murder-case

    Update:
    Updated: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012, 5:39 PM CDT
    Published : Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012, 4:26 PM CDT

     
  8. STEADFAST

    STEADFAST New Member

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  9. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    If she serves the full 45 days I can feel comfortable about it. At her age jail will be 4 times harder on her than on younger prisoners.

    I wonder if any of her kids will visit her in jail?
     
  10. deca

    deca New Member

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    Murder is murder, no matter the age/health of the perp. That sentence is a joke, IMO. I am guessing there is some sort of statute of limitations or something??? What else can explain this sentence?
     
  11. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Dang she got more time than Marie Noe who murdered 8 of her children.

    Marie Noe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Back in 2010 Noe was supposedly dying. I haven't seen though that she is dead yet.

    45 days for murdering your chid.
     
  12. Justiceforever

    Justiceforever New Member

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    unbelievable!
     
  13. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Probably financial. At her age it is likely that she will be requiring a lot of health care. If she is in custody it is up to the state to pay for it.
     
  14. HMSHood

    HMSHood Admiral-Class Battlecruiser

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    I think she got off too easy. I do not see how statute of limitations would even be related to the punishment.
     
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    The article gives a bit more detail, but I thought this quote said it all.

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20130225/US.1957.Slaying.Mother.Charged/

    [DA] DeCecco said given Klokow's age and her medical issues, the plea agreement was in the best interest of the state. It would have been difficult to convince a jury that a woman who "looks like everyone's grandmother" was once "a very angry woman in her 20s who didn't want to be a mom, who lied to police," DeCecco said.
     
  16. Cappuccino

    Cappuccino Well-Known Member

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    Good grief. So, if you manage to get away with a murder for 54 years you get a light sentence as reward for your cunning?

    Or is this just a symptom of the dismissive nature the justice system often has for children killed by their parents/guardians? There's another thread in this forum about a woman who killed a foster child and received a sentence of 77 days - she wasn't old or infirm, so what's the excuse there?
     
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  18. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Well-Known Member

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    Although Klokow was expected to get only 45 days in jail under a plea deal, the judge has sentenced her to the maximum, TEN YEARS in prison.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_...years-in-prison-for-killing-her-baby-in-1957/

    Defense attorney Kirk Obear told reporters he was surprised by the unexpected sentence and promised to appeal.

    District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Klokow will likely be granted parole when she becomes eligible in two-and-a- half years.
     
  19. Sporky

    Sporky The fork is mightier than the spoon.

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_...years-in-prison-for-killing-her-baby-in-1957/

    How did she suffer after knowing what happened if she is the one who caused her death! I really don't understand that statement. Kudos to the Judge for giving her a harder sentence.
     
  20. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    Attorneys on both sides cited Klokow’s age and declining health in their sentence recommendations, which are not binding, but Sutkiewicz called it a “serious and horrendous offense” that required prison time.


    “Anything but incarceration would diminish the seriousness of the offense,” Sutkiewicz said before reading her sentence to a nearly full courtroom.

    http://www.htrnews.com/article/20130502/MAN0101/130502021/

    I'm so glad the judge decided to give her a much stiffer sentence. It makes me sick to see the picture of her crying for herself at the above link. She had many decades free. Her daughter had none. Her son went through decades of emotional torture due to her blaming HER crime on him.
     

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