Trial set for Modesto mother accused of murder

local@modbee.comJuly 29, 2013 

— A judge on Monday confirmed that a trial will 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.

The defendant 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.

The prosecutor has argued that Rocco refused to seek medical help for the child, who obviously was sick and died of "severe malnutrition and dehydration." The judge scheduled Rocco to return to court March 3 for a pretrial hearing.

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