Ex-USC Student Gets Time Served In Baby Death Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former USC student whose newborn baby was found dead in a trash bin will not serve any additional time in
jail but she'll have to take monthly pregnancy tests.

A Los Angeles judge on Friday sentenced 23-year-old Holly Ashcraft to the 30 days she already served in jail and to the nearly 700 days she's spent under electronic monitoring. She was placed on five years probation and must get prenatal care if she gets pregnant.

Ashcraft, of Billings, Mont., could face up to 10 years in prison if she violates probation.

A homeless man found Ashcraft's baby in a trash bin behind a restaurant near the University of Southern California in 2005.

Prosecutors claimed the child was alive but two efforts to charge her with murder were dismissed for lack of evidence. In May, she pleaded no contest to child endangerment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-27-08 1453EDT


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