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October 15, 2005 | Richard Winton, Hector Becerra and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
A 21-year-old USC student charged with her baby's abandonment and death this week also was investigated last year after she arrived at a hospital in downtown Los Angeles appearing to have just given birth but without a baby, according to law enforcement sources close to the case. In that April 2004 investigation, Holly Ashcraft eventually told authorities that the child had been stillborn and that she had disposed of its body on her own, the sources said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police arrested a 21-year-old USC student Wednesday on suspicion of murder after connecting her to the death of a newborn boy whose body was found next to a trash bin behind a popular student bar, authorities said. Holly Ashcraft was ordered held on $1-million bail after she was taken into custody at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She reportedly had been suspended from USC because of academic problems, LAPD Capt. Anita Ortega said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles homicide detectives have asked the public's help in finding the mother of a dead infant found next to a trash bin early Monday. The baby boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was discovered in a cardboard box behind a popular student hangout north of the USC campus, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. Under state law, a mother can turn over a newborn to any hospital or fire station with no questions asked if she does not want to keep the baby.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Queens man was charged with murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, the latest twist in a weeklong mystery that began when the slain woman's 4-year-old daughter was found wandering barefoot on a city street. Cesar Ascarrunz, 32, was charged two days after he was picked up by investigators, police said. Authorities were still searching for 26-year-old Monica Lozada-Rivaineira's remains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Riverside County fire stations are now ready to accept surrendered newborns, fire officials announced Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors in March voted to designate firehouses as places where mothers can surrender unwanted newborns without fear of prosecution. Hospitals were already allowed to accept infants under a state law passed in 2001. The law lets parents surrender a baby within three days of birth as long as there has been no abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved 138 county fire stations as safe surrender sites for newborns. Only hospitals and Orangewood Children's Home in Orange had previously been designated as sites where newborns up to 72 hours old could be left without threat of criminal prosecution. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather said adding the sites was not done to encourage abandonment of newborns but as a safe alternative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A maintenance worker discovered the body of a newborn girl Tuesday in a crawl space under an apartment building in Boyle Heights, police said. Investigators were called to the scene in the 2900 block of Wynwood Lane and were attempting to find the mother.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A mother pleaded no contest and was sentenced in Jacksonville to probation on charges she left her 2-year-old daughter alone for 2 1/2 weeks while she was in jail. Dakeysha Lee, 23, had been charged with child abuse and child neglect and could have received up to 10 years in prison. She was sentenced to 1 1/2 years of probation. Her daughter, Breanna Janay Lee, now 3, was found by a relative lying nude in a baby's bathtub watching television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Two people searching for recyclables found a dead newborn girl in a trash bin Wednesday afternoon, and investigators were searching for the mother. Officer Esther Reyes said Los Angeles police were called to a refuse container in the 13900 block of Astoria Street about 2 p.m. The infant was found in a plastic bag. Reyes said detectives from the LAPD's child abuse unit were investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A newborn boy found in a trash bin in San Juan Capistrano was released from a hospital Friday and placed in a foster home, authorities said. The baby "is happy and healthy, which is really a miracle given the condition in which he was found," said Debbie Kroner, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Social Services Agency. Sheriff's investigators, meanwhile, continued searching for the boy's mother.
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