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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.
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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.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Police continued searching Friday for a man and his girlfriend, whose toddler was found locked in a car in a Long Beach parking lot. A passerby discovered 2-year-old Angelina Garcia asleep in her car seat about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Aquarium of the Pacific, authorities said. Police believe that the girl, who was uninjured, had been alone in the car about 45 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A USC student will stand trial on suspicion of murder and child endangerment for allegedly abandoning her newborn son in a trash bin last year, a judge ruled Monday. Holly Ashcraft, 22, was arrested and charged in October after her baby was found in a trash bin outside her apartment near campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A healthy newborn boy was found inside a cardboard box Tuesday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, police said. Hospital staff received a call alerting them that an abandoned baby was in the parking structure. Nurses and LAPD Officer Carlos Amaya searched the area and discovered the baby, who was awake and breathing normally. He appeared to be a few hours old, police said. He was taken to the emergency room for observation and listed in stable condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2006 | Michelle Keller, Times Staff Writer
A baby boy was found dead Wednesday morning on the steps of an Inglewood church, police said. A priest at St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church, in the 500 block of East Florence Avenue, was preparing to open the rectory doors at 6 a.m. when he found the baby, said Lt. Mike McBride of the Inglewood Police Department. The infant was 2 to 3 months old and wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and diapers.
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