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Trial delayed until April for unlicensed midwife charged after Nebraska newborn's death


BROKEN BOW, Nebraska — A trial has been scheduled in April for an unlicensed midwife charged with manslaughter and other crimes in the 2011 death of a Nebraska newborn.

The trial of 68-year-old Judy Jones, of Irene, South Dakota, had been scheduled to begin next month. Broken Bow radio station KCNI reports ( ) that Custer County Attorney Steven Bowers asked for a delay, however, so evidence from a defense expert could be reviewed. The nonjury trial has been rescheduled to begin April 19.

Jones is charged with manslaughter, practicing without a license and criminal impersonation. Authorities have said Jones helped deliver a baby in rural Custer County home in September 2011, defying orders prohibiting her from practicing as a midwife in Nebraska and South Dakota. The infant died shortly after birth.

Information from: KCNI-AM.

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