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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mother accused of killing tot in microwave

Rachael Alexander in Sacramento

A CALIFORNIAN woman accused of killing her baby in a microwave told police she blacked out, but later acknowledged she lied and said she might have a split personality.

Ka Yang (29) was to be arraigned yesterday on charges of murder and assault resulting in the death of a child under the age of eight.

Police found Ms Yang's six-week-old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, dead in her home in Sacramento three months before Ms Yang's arrest this week. They say the child suffered "extensive thermal injuries".

The girl was burned from head to toe, but authorities could not find an obvious source for the burns when they arrived at the home, according to an affidavit by Sacramento Police Detective Thomas Shrum.

The infant's pyjamas and hair were not singed. A soother, however, was found in the microwave, Det Shrum said.

Ms Yang allegedly told investigators she blacked out while working on the computer with Thao-Lo in her arms. Although she had a history of seizures, paramedics did not find her to be disorientated when they arrived, according to the affidavit. When detectives pointed out inconsistencies in her story, Ms Yang allegedly acknowledged she lied and said she might have a split personality.

Ms Yang is being held at Sacramento County Jail. Her other three children, all aged under seven, are now living with relatives.

Irish Independent

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