La Crosse woman gets 6 months 
jail in baby's death

October 2, 2009

LA CROSSE - A La Crosse woman who admitted she allowed her newborn baby to die has been sentenced to six months in jail and four years of probation.

Twenty-year-old Indra Book was sentenced Thursday. She pleaded no contest in June to a charge of second-degree reckless homicide.

Prosecutors say she gave birth alone in a bathtub in August 2007, then failed to provide proper care for the newborn, knowing it would die without attention.

Authorities say she hid the newborn's body in a plastic cooler and put the container between two garages. It was later placed in the trash and has not been found.


Associated Press