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Mother kills daughter by putting her in microwave, jailed for life

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

world Updated: Dec 20, 2015 14:47 IST
(REUTERS)

A 34-year-old mother has been sentenced to life in prison for putting 1-month-old daughter in a microwave

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.