A judge has rescheduled a trial to start Jan. 12 for a 27-year-old Modesto mother accused of second-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter six 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’s attorney recently retired, so the court had to appoint another deputy public defender to represent the defendant.
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 also scheduled Rocco to return to court May 4 for a pretrial hearing.