Alice Gates, who police say worked as unlicensed midwife, arrested after newborn dies

Police: Infant died a day after birth

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. - 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 Alice Gates, 64, 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.

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