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Mom convicted in ’57 death is denied parole

Ruby Klokow leaves Branch 3 court with attorney Kirk Obear on Monday following a hearing in which Klokow pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the 1957 death of her infant daughter, Jeaneen, as part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors. (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press/Gary C. Klein)

Ruby Klokow leaves Branch 3 court with attorney Kirk Obear on Feb. 25 following a hearing in which Klokow pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the 1957 death of her infant daughter, Jeaneen. Klokow was denied parole Wednesday. (AP File Photo/The Sheboygan Press/Gary C. Klein)

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A Sheboygan woman who pleaded no contest in February to killing her baby more than 50 years ago has been denied parole.

Ruby Klokow was convicted of second-degree murder following the 1957 death of her 6-month-old daughter, Jeaneen. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Because the parole rules of that era apply, she was eligible for parole after just six months. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Wednesday her first bid for parole has been denied. Her next parole eligibility date is in two years.

An autopsy showed Jeaneen suffered brain hemorrhages and a partially collapsed lung. However, her death was ruled accidental.

The case was reopened after Ruby Klokow’s adult son came forward a few years ago with stories of horrific physical abuse.

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