Woman seeks OK to appeal convictions in child's death

October 29, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown woman, who was found guilty in March of suffocating her 4-month-old daughter, sought a judge's approval yesterday to file a belated appeal of her convictions.

Lisa E. Ruby, 21, made the request while testifying in a hearing before Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.

Ruby was released from jail in June after spending 10 months awaiting trial in the death of Tabitha Meekins. Ruby led police to the infant's body, found under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County.

Ruby was acquitted of a charge of first-degree murder, but found guilty in a nonjury trial of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of child abuse, battery and reckless endangerment.

On June 5, Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed a 10-year sentence on the child abuse counts and a concurrent nine-year sentence on the manslaughter charge. He suspended all but 10 months -- the time she had served awaiting trial and sentencing -- and released her under strict probation terms for five years.

In her testimony yesterday, Ruby said she had asked attorney Daniel M. Shemer several times to file an appeal of her conviction within 30 days of her sentencing, the maximum time allowed.

"I just forgot [to file the appeal]," Shemer testified.

Beck said he would issue his decision in several days.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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