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A mother has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her one-month-old daughter by microwaving her until her internal organs were ‘cooked through.’
According to YahooNews, on Friday a California judge imposed a life sentence on Ka Yang, 34 after she was found guilty of putting her newborn in a microwave for up to five minutes in March 2011. She was convicted of first-degree murder and assault on baby mirabelle Thao-Lo.
Ka who is married and has three other children, initially told investigators on the scene that she had blacked out while working on the computer with Mirabelle in her arms after a seizure. She woke up on the ground with the baby injured next to a heater. However, according to affidavits of paramedics in attendance, they did not find her to be disoriented when they arrived – as would be usually expected of someone who suffered a seizure.
The baby had fatal thermal injuries and had suffered burns to over sixty per cent of her body. According to prosecutors, the baby would have suffered severe pain throughout the ordeal.
Dr Gregory Reiber said during a hearing in 2012 that the most serious burn appeared to be a radiation burn, which penetrated the baby’s internal organs and “cooked through” to her stomach and small intestine. Investigators found the infant’s pacifier in the microwave at their Sacramento-area home.
Upon investigation, detectives pointed out inconsistencies in her story to Ka and she changed her story, acknowledging that she had lied and added that she might have a split personality disorder.
According to affidavits, investigators who arrived at the scene found the girl burned from head-to-toe and her pacifier in the microwave. The baby’s pajamas and hair were not damaged at all.
Ka’s lawyer argued in court that her client had an epileptic seizure and didn’t know what she was doing.
“Ms. Yang suffers from epilepsy. She had an epileptic seizure. It was not deliberate conduct.” the lawyer said.
The judge did not accept this argument and sentenced Ka to life in prison.
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