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August 20, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel
A Laguna Niguel woman who allegedly left her newborn in a trash bin was in court Tuesday facing charges of trying to kill the baby girl. Shawn Kelli Sepulveda, 38, appeared at the Harbor Justice Center, where the judge signed an order barring her from seeing her three children. Her arraignment was delayed to Sept. 8. She faces charges of attempted murder, child abuse and endangerment. Sepulveda's neighbors at an upscale Hidden Hills apartment complex in Laguna Niguel have said the newborn's 11-year-old sister found the baby Saturday morning in a trash bin just steps from her family's front door.
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August 19, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
Minutes after an infant girl was dumped in a Laguna Niguel trash bin just yards from her family's front door Saturday morning, the newborn's 11-year-old sister went out to investigate, neighbors said, then summoned help in time to save the child. The sister had grown concerned because she had seen her mother bleeding in the bathroom and saw her take something out to the bin, said Bianca Ontivero, an 11-year-old friend and neighbor who spoke with the permission and in the presence of her parents.
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August 17, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa
A 38-year-old woman was arrested on attempted murder charges after she left her newborn girl in a trash bin Saturday morning, authorities said. An 11-year-old girl discovered the baby shortly after 9 a.m. and notified adults, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. "The baby is expected to make a full recovery," he said. Amormino identified the mother as Shawn Sepulveda of Laguna Niguel. The baby and other children in the family have been placed in the care of the county Department of Social Services, he said.
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April 30, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A homeless man searching for cans in a Rancho Cucamonga parking lot Dumpster made a startling find Sunday morning: a 5-pound baby girl. The newborn was naked, her umbilical cord still attached, and stuffed in a plastic Target bag full of discarded mail. She was not crying. She felt cold -- her body temperature had dropped to 87.5 degrees -- but she was alive. The man alerted a neighbor, who brought a towel to wrap the baby. Another neighbor called 911 about 8 a.m.
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December 13, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
A Catalina Island woman was acquitted Wednesday of murdering her newborn daughter and stuffing the body into a trash container, in the second rebuff this month to Los Angeles County prosecutors seeking criminal convictions for baby dumping. Leticia Castro sobbed loudly and thanked the jury for its decision in the 2004 case, said Jay Glaser, her attorney.
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September 22, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old woman regrets leaving her newborn baby in a church restroom last week and wants the girl returned to her, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said Friday. Martinez said the mother met with a police detective and a victim's advocate Thursday after responding to a plea from police to contact authorities. She was questioned, and police will not know if she and the baby will be reunited until an investigation is completed, he said.
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August 31, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
A murder charge has been dismissed for a third time against USC student Holly Ashcraft in the death of her newborn son, whose body was found nearly two years ago in a trash container near her Los Angeles apartment. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samuel Mayerson dismissed the charge Thursday and ordered Ashcraft to stand trial on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. She is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 14. Ashcraft, 22, is suspended from school pending the outcome of her legal case.
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August 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge Thursday tentatively reinstated a murder charge against a USC student whose newborn son was found dead in a trash bin. A final decision was expected to be announced at an Aug. 20 hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Holly Ashcraft, 22, was arrested in October 2005 after the body of a newborn was found by a homeless man sifting through trash behind a popular restaurant-bar near USC.
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June 13, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A judge Tuesday dismissed a murder charge against a 22-year-old USC student whose newborn son was found dead in a trash bin nearly two years ago. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Samuel Mayerson ruled that charges against Holly Ashcraft had been dismissed twice -- first murder and then involuntary manslaughter -- the maximum allowed to prosecutors under state law. In effect, he ruled that no more homicide charges can be filed against her relating to the death of her son.
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