SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WSAU) – A Sheboygan County court commissioner set bond at $10,000 cash this morning for an elderly woman charged in the death of her 7 month old child in 1957.
Seventy-four-year-old Ruby Klokow is facing five to 25 years in prison if convicted on a second-degree murder charge. A preliminary hearing is set for a week from tomorrow.
Klokow, clad in an orange jump suit, sat quietly in court, but seemed confused. She appeared in court without an attorney.
Klokow was also ordered to have no contact with her now adult children or other relatives who may be witnesses as the case proceeds.
Police arrested her yesterday morning following a two-year investigation which began in June of 2008 when one of her sons contacted authorities and said he thought his mother had killed his sister in 1957.
The 7-month old child died of severe head injuries, but the death was listed as accidental at the time.
Klokow has since admitted that she became upset and threw the child onto the couch, but the infant hit the wall. When she returned a short time later she found the baby unresponsive.
(Thanks WHBL News in Sheboygan for help)