Modesto mother's murder trial re-set

local@modbee.comJune 24, 2013 

— A judge on Monday tentatively rescheduled a trial to start March 11 for a 26-year-old Modesto mother accused of second-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter four years ago.

Christine Marie Rocco's daughter, Ashayla Jackson, was 3 months old when she was found dead Jan. 11, 2009.

Graylin Bryant, Rocco's defense attorney, told the judge that he needs to confirm the availability of a second expert to testify for the defense.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge John Freeland scheduled Rocco to return to court July 29 to discuss the status of the trial. She remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Rocco told authorities her daughter was suffering from diarrhea for three to four weeks and that she was waiting for a Medi-Cal card to take the baby to a doctor.

Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees has argued that Rocco refused to seek medical help for the child, who obviously was sick and died of "severe malnutrition and dehydration."

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