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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A 17-year-old on vacation from Indiana was arrested Tuesday after allegedly giving birth in a Denny's restaurant near Disneyland and leaving her baby in a restroom trashcan. Authorities did not release the mother's name because of her age. Both she and the newborn girl are under observation at an Anaheim hospital, said Sgt. Rick Martinez, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A USC student accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash bin outside her apartment pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges. Holly Ashcraft, 22, also faces child abuse charges for allegedly dumping the baby, whose body was found outside her residence near the USC campus in 2005. Earlier this month, a judge threw out the murder charge, saying he was not convinced prosecutors could prove criminal intent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A judge Friday threw out a murder charge against a USC student accused of leaving her newborn son's body in a trash bin outside her apartment, but prosecutors immediately refiled the case. The district attorney will try to persuade another judge that Holly Ashcraft killed the child intentionally and with malice. Loyola Law School professor Laurie L. Levenson said the prosecution can refile a criminal case one time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley raised questions in court Friday about charging USC student Holly Ashcraft with murder in the death of her newborn son, whose body was found by a homeless man in a trash bin in late 2005. Last month, defense attorney Mark Geragos filed a motion to have the case dismissed, based on insufficient evidence that the baby was born alive or that there was criminal intent on Ashcraft's part in his death.
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January 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman accused of putting her baby in a plastic bag and setting the girl afloat in a lake was convicted of attempted homicide and sentenced to more than eight years in prison. Simone Cassiano da Silva, 30, insisted she was not guilty, saying she gave her baby to homeless people because she did not have enough money to raise her. The baby's rescue last year was filmed by an amateur cameraman and broadcast worldwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities were searching Saturday for the mother of a newborn who was found in some bushes Friday night. Using bloodhounds, deputies combed the area around Santa Gertrudes Avenue near Santa Cruz Street where the boy was discovered about 10:45 p.m. by a woman who lives nearby, authorities said. The child, wrapped in a blanket with his umbilical cord still attached, was believed to be only a few hours old, police said.
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