Late appeal again OK'd in infant's death

March 26, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Carroll County judge has again ruled that a Westminster woman may appeal her conviction in the suffocation death of her 4-month-old daughter in Taneytown in August 1996.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. issued a five-page opinion Nov. 3 permitting Lisa E. Ruby to appeal her manslaughter and child abuse conviction because public defender Daniel M. Shemer failed to file an appeal within 30 days after her sentencing.

She was sentenced in June to 10 months in jail, the time she had spent in jail awaiting trial and sentencing. She was also placed on probation for five years.

Ruby returned to court yesterday to file a belated appeal because Shemer still had not filed it for her.

Court records show Ruby faces charges of violating conditions of her probation, namely that she obey all laws and continue daily treatment at a Westminster psychiatric rehabilitation center.

Ruby was convicted of drunken driving in Baltimore County last month and sentenced to 63 days in jail, the time she had served since her arrest Dec. 16.

She was returned to the Carroll County Detention Center, where she has been held without bail on charges of violating her probation in the death of Tabitha Meekins.

Ruby led police to the infant's body near Prettyboy Reservoir in northern Baltimore County.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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