Mother who killed baby is jailed again Former Taneytown woman served time in daughter's 1996 death; Ruby charged with DWI; Arrest is her second since she received a suspended sentence

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A former Taneytown woman who served 10 months in jail for suffocating her 4-month-old daughter in 1996 has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Baltimore County.

Lisa E. Ruby, 21, of the 600 block of Lucabaugh Mill Road in Westminster, is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail at the Women's Detention Center in Towson, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Novak yesterday.

The Monday night incident marked Ruby's second arrest since receiving a 10-year suspended sentence after being convicted of smothering Tabitha Meekins at their Taneytown home, then hiding the infant's body under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in northern Baltimore County.

Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. acquitted Ruby of first-degree murder, but found her guilty of manslaughter, two counts of child abuse, battery and reckless endangerment.

After suspending all but the 10 months that Ruby had already served awaiting trial and sentencing, Burns placed her on five years' supervised probation with strict conditions. Ruby was required to attend daily eight-hour counseling at Granite House, a Westminster psychiatric rehabilitation program, and to take all prescribed medicine. She also was ordered to live with Robin and William J. "Jim" Myer, former foster parents she lived with between the ages of 12 and 16.

Ruby was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of violating her probation by not complying with some of those conditions.

Court records show Ruby was released from jail Nov. 3 after a $5,000 bond was posted by a bail bondsman. She is scheduled to appear at a hearing for violation of probation Feb. 9 in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Monday's arrest also is a violation of her probation, even if Ruby is not convicted on the DWI charge, Jerry F. Barnes, state's attorney for Carroll County, said yesterday. "You need not have a conviction to establish criminal conduct by a preponderance of the evidence," Barnes said.

Barnes said her probation agent would decide whether to file probation violation charges against Ruby, and his office would make certain her agent is aware of the arrest. He said it would be routine to wait until the DWI case in Baltimore County is resolved before charging Ruby with a probation violation.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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