Carroll mother who killed baby arrested again Woman is accused of violating probation

November 01, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former Taneytown woman, who was released in June after serving 10 months in jail for abusing and suffocating her 4-month old daughter, was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail yesterday, charged with violating the strict conditions of her probation.

Lisa E. Ruby, 21, who now lives at the Safe Haven Shelter in Westminster, was arrested Thursday evening on a warrant signed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

Ruby was arrested in August 1996 after leading police to the body of Tabitha Meekins, found under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County. Ruby was acquitted of murder charges, but found guilty of manslaughter and child abuse in March.

Upon releasing Ruby last summer, Burns ordered, in part, that she live with her former foster parents, attend eight hours of daily outpatient therapy in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Granite House Inc., a Westminster treatment center for mentally ill adults, and take prescribed medication.

Patricia A. Branch, Ruby's probation agent, filed a violation of probation report with the court Wednesday, stating that Ruby's former foster parents had requested that she be removed from their house.

Branch said Ruby had not attended the Granite House program daily since the first week of October. Branch said she reprimanded Ruby for missing appointments at Granite House and at the Department of Social Services, not meeting with her doctor, skipping work at a fast-food restaurant and not keeping appointments to obtain housing.

Court documents show that Denise L. Ziegler, program manager of Granite House, sent Branch a letter, saying Ruby's attendance and participation "dramatically decreased since [her] loss of stable housing."

"It seems everyone is bending over backward to help Ms. Ruby, and she does not seem the least bit interested," Branch said in her written comments to the court.

Ruby was in Circuit Court Tuesday, asking a judge to allow her to file a belated appeal of her convictions for child abuse and manslaughter because her public defender had failed to file an ++ appeal within 30 days of her sentencing June 5.

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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