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Mother Accused Of Cooking Baby In Microwave

June 22, 2011 at 8:58 am by  

Sacremento, CA — I was wondering when we would get another one of these stories. Police have arrested a 29-year-old woman, accusing her of killing her 6-week-old infant by cooking her in a microwave.

On Tuesday, Ka Yang was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder and one count of assault leading to the death of a child under age 8. These charges come after a three-month investigation into the death of her daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo. The baby was found dead in her home with “extensive thermal injuries” on March 17.

Yan initially claimed her daughter’s death was caused by a seizure, some saying they heard she had accidentally dropped the baby. But early on it was apparent the infant had suffered horrendous burns and investigators suspected all along it was caused by the microwave.

“She had some really deep tissue burns, fourth-degree burns. It was probably the worst case I’ve seen,” said Sacramento County Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Smith.

It took three months for them to file formal charges because they wanted to compare the infant’s injuries with injuries suffered by other infants whose parents treated them like a Hot Pocket, including:

– The 1999 death of 5-week-old Joseph Lewis Martinez in Virginia. His mother told authorities she became confused during an epileptic seizure and placed the boy in the microwave instead of a bottle of milk.

– The 2005 death of 4-week-old Paris Talley in Dayton, Ohio which we covered here. Her mother was convicted last month on charges of aggravated murder.

– The 2007 injury of 2-month-old Ana Mauldin, which we covered here, who suffered burns on her left ear and arm after her father placed her inside a microwave oven for about 10 seconds in a Galveston, Texas, motel.

Yang’s three boys, who are all under age 7, were removed from her home shortly after her daughter died. Police are not discussing any statements that Yang or others may have made to them, and so far have no motive. “We wouldn’t assess her mental condition,” said Officer Laura Peck. That will be up to the court system. The bottom line is no one knows what happened in that house but her and the little baby.”

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