Holly Ashcraft, former USC student whose baby was found in dumpster, jailed again
A former USC student convicted in the 2005 death of her newborn son, whose body was found in a dumpster near campus, was jailed Wednesday following allegations that she violated the terms of her probation.
Prosecutors alleged that Holly Ashcraft, 26, failed to comply with her court-ordered counseling and pregnancy testing. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Kennedy ordered that Ashcraft be taken into custody and remain in jail without bail until a court hearing on Jan. 3.
The judge said she intended to release Ashcraft on probation at that hearing. In 2008, Ashcraft was placed on five years' probation and ordered to undergo monthly pregnancy tests after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment resulting in death.
Her plea followed unsuccessful attempts by prosecutors to convict Ashcraft of murder in the case. They argued that the former architecture student dumped her newborn while he was still alive. Ashcraft told police that the baby was stillborn.
In a separate incident in April 2004, Ashcraft was investigated by police, but was not arrested or charged, after she arrived at a Los Angeles hospital having just given birth but without a baby, who was never found.
-- Jack Leonard
Photo: Holly Ashcraft with attorney Mark Geragos in 2007. Credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times