Shasta Woman Charged in Death of Daughter is Headed for a Trial

REDDING, Calif. (AP) – A Shasta County woman accused of neglecting her newborn daughter until she died is headed for a murder trial. Jessica Bradford waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, which moves the case directly to the trial phase. Bradford has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges. Authorities say the 23-year-old gave birth in September without telling anyone she was pregnant and hid the child in a dorm room at the Christian boarding school where she lived and worked. The infant died after four days without food or care. Authorities say Bradford kept the body for months in the dorm room, where another staff member discovered it last month. The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that Bradford remains jailed on $1 million bail. She’s due back in court on Jan. 3.

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