Height of cruelty: Mother killed month-old daughter by putting her in microwave, jailed for life

Height of cruelty: Mother killed month-old daughter by putting her in microwave, jailed for life

By: || Updated: 20 Dec 2015 02:39 AM
Sacramento, California:  A 34-year-old mother has been sentenced to life in prison in the microwave oven death of her 1-month-old daughter.

A California judge imposed the 26-years-to-life sentence Friday on Ka Yang.

She was convicted of first-degree murder and assault for putting Mirabelle Thao-Lo in the microwave for up to five minutes in 2011.

Prosecutors say the child had fatal thermal injuries. Investigators found the infant's pacifier in the microwave at their Sacramento-area home.

Yang's attorney says her client had an epileptic seizure and didn't know what she was doing. She has a history of seizures, but paramedics say she wasn't disoriented when they arrived. She told investigators she blacked out and awoke to find the baby injured next to a space heater.

Yang has three other children.

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