Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Mother 'killed baby in microwave'

Ka Yang was arrested over the alleged murder of her seven-week-old daughter in Sacramento, California (AP)
Ka Yang was arrested over the alleged murder of her seven-week-old daughter in Sacramento, California (AP)

A Northern California woman could face the death penalty if convicted of killing her infant daughter in a microwave.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ka Yang was arraigned in a Sacramento courtroom on one count of murder with the special circumstance of killing with torture.

That would make her eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole if she is convicted.

Authorities say Yang's seven-week-old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, was found dead with thermal burns on March 17. The mother initially told police that she blacked out while holding the baby next to a space heater, but authorities later determined that the child was likely to have been placed in the microwave.

According to the Sacramento Bee, her attorney, Linda Parisi, told reporters after the hearing that Yang may have some psychological issues.

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