Monday 16 September 2019

Woman convicted of microwaving her one month old daughter to death

Ka Yang
Credit: PA
Ka Yang Credit: PA

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A jury have found a woman guilty of the first-degree murder and assault of her four-week-old daughter after she burnt her to death in a microwave.

Californian woman Ka Yang (34) based her defence around the argument that she was having a seizure at the time, and was not aware of her actions.

She will be sentenced next month and faces 26 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors told the court that Yang put  Mirabelle Thao-Lo into the microwave at her Sacramento home for between two-and-a-half and five minutes in March 2011.

Meanwhile Yang's defence attorney told The Sacramento Bee that she was "disappointed" after Friday's verdict.

"Ms Yang suffers from epilepsy. She had an epileptic seizure. It was not deliberate conduct,” she said.

Yang's affidavit shows that she initially told police that she blacked out while working on the computer with Mirabelle in her arms and then woke up on the ground with the injured baby lying beside her.

Despite having a history of seizures, paramedics reportedly did not find her to be disoriented when they arrived.

When detectives pointed out inconsistencies in her story, Yang acknowledged she had lied and said she may have a split personality, her affidavit said.

Court documents reveal that investigators who arrived at the house found the girl in the microwave.

The child had burns all over her body, however her pyjamas and hair were not singed.wOA

Yang is married and has three other children.

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