EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – An Evansville woman has been arrested in connection with an infant’s death after police say she practiced as a midwife illegally.
64-year-old Alice Gates is facing one count of practicing nursing-midwifery without a license after an infant died under her care in late December.
Police say Gates began treating 21-year-old Annika McDonald during her first 9 weeks of pregnancy. She never had an ultrasound or any blood tests during her pregnancy.
McDonald gave birth in the early morning hours of December 20 where Gates was present but later that afternoon the parents summoned her back because the newborn was having breathing difficulties.
According to the police report, Gates examined the newborn but determined the respiratory distress wasn’t severe enough and they could monitor her at home or take her to the hospital.
A day later, the parents noticed the newborn unresponsive and called an ambulance. Attempts to revive the newborn at the hospital were unsuccessful.
Gates was arrested by Indiana State Police Friday, May 10 without incident. She was booked and taken to Posey County Jail where she later posted bond.