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Indiana midwife arrested following death of baby

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MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) - A southwestern Indiana woman has been arrested after state police say she acted as an unlicensed midwife for an infant who died the day after she was born.

Indiana State Police arrested 64-year-old Alice Gates on Friday at her home near Evansville. She faces preliminary charges of practicing nurse-midwifery without a license. She was released on bond from Posey County Jail.

A man who answered the phone at Gates’ home said she had no comment.

Police say Gates provided prenatal care to a 21-year-old Mount Vernon woman and was present during the child’s birth Dec. 20. The mother never had an ultrasound or blood tests. Police said Gates told parents that the baby’s breathing problems weren’t severe, but the following day she stopped breathing and died.


Posted 5/10/2013