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[ISP] Woman Arrested for Practicing Nurse-Midwifery without a License
Start Date: 5/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Posey County – Friday morning, May 10, at approximately 8:15 a.m.., Indiana State Police arrested Alice M. Gates, 64, 10340 Middle Mount Vernon Road, Evansville, for practicing nurse-midwifery without a license. A felony warrant was issued for her arrest yesterday.

On December 21, 2012, Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information an infant had been transported by ambulance from a home in rural Posey County to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. The infant, who was later identified as Mara McDonald, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The mother, Annika McDonald, 21, of 10032 Wolfinger Road, Mt. Vernon, started to receive prenatal care with Gates, who claimed to be a midwife, at around nine weeks. McDonald was also seen by a physician on two separate occasions. According to Detective Toni Walden, the mother never had an ultrasound or any blood tests during her pregnancy.

Gates was summoned to the McDonald residence at approximately 2:00 a.m. on December 20th after she started to experience labor pains. Approximately two hours later, McDonald gave birth to her daughter. Gates was present during the birth, but left the residence about two hours later. At approximately
3:00 p.m., the parents summoned Gates back to their residence because their daughter was having difficulty breathing. Gates allegedly examined the infant and determined the respiratory distress wasn’t severe and that the parents could continue to watch their child at home or take her to a hospital. The parents decided to keep their child at home and continue to monitor her condition. During the early morning hours on December 21, both parents noticed their newborn daughter had stopped breathing and called an ambulance. Medical personnel attempted to revive the infant, but they were unsuccessful.

An autopsy revealed Mara McDonald’s death was caused by respiratory arrest due to acute lobar pneumonia.

Further investigation revealed Gates did not have a license to practice as a nurse-midwife. She was arrested this morning without incident at her residence and taken to the Posey County Jail where she was released after posting bond.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Todd Ringle
Phone: 812-868-2153
Email: tringle@isp.in.gov
Alice M. Gates
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