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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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  • It is always so hard to read these stories – they just don’t make sense!


  • Oh my gosh devastaing. May the poor darling rest in peace.
    I do wonder what makes people do these things. To have 3 children yet this one she does that to, why?
    Thoughts to the baby


  • What a horrible thing to happen! Unfortunately, I have experienced someone having a blackout and becoming cruel and having no recollection of what they did. Was a whole other personality. They would go to the heater and turn it up high, too. Very strange…


  • What a tragic story. She deserves life sentence.


  • I don’t understand how a parent could do this to their child or how anyone could to this. There is way too many horrible stories about kids being hurt or killed by the ones who are supposed to protect them


  • There was a stepfather who did the same thing about 30 years ago. The Mum had gone out and left the baby home for him to care for. The baby’s paternal Father was supposed to have had him the following day.


  • This is horrible! I can’t even imagine how someone could do this!


  • it was really hard to read this article. so cruel! i can’t bear to think of that poor child. it was difficult to read these details.


  • Like hf


  • This story is unbelievable,the poor baby, it makes you sick.


  • As a mother this really is confronting, Ive never understood it when a mother chooses to hurt their child instead of getting help. There is obviously some deep seeded mental issues with this lady. Little baby is in goods care now xx


  • I can’t even begin to imagine how a person could do something like this to anyone, let alone a helpless baby. What a truly horrible story.


  • This made me feel sick. That poor poor baby.


  • what a horrible thing to do! So much cruelty and harm to babies and children in many obnoxious ways. The mother getting life sentence does not stop such acts of violence and abuse. Feel that there should also be more services,awareness and help to prevent such things happening. Do not know the story but it applies to lots of areas in life that do not have preventative measures and support that people this includes men can contact if they have feelings that may endanger others. I am serious. I belong to a group of women who are survivours of child abuse, the damage is internalised (and does not show on outside) emotionally damaged and without help end up in mental hosppitals, self abuse or death. Have we learned nothing from the battleground of history, or do we not care?. It says this woman has three other children who I presume from article are ok, so something has I feel occured to make her do this horrible act to tiny baby, I am serious and alarmed at such gross acts of violence. Are we creating anattitude of do not care? for this horror and many other sensless (to me) acts of violence in theworld we live in, this includes wars,devistation of our planet. But children,animals are at the mercy of us all as human! beings…..


  • Can’t believe anyone would do such a thing!


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