SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A Sacramento woman was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing her six-week-old daughter in a microwave oven in March, police said on Wednesday.
The Sacramento Bee reported that 29-year-old Ka Yang was arrested at her home and charged with homicide after a three-month investigation. The infant, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, was found dead on the afternoon of March 17 showing unusual fourth-degree burns.
“The child was apparently killed by the burning of the tissue,” coroner’s spokesman Ed Smith told the newspaper. “I don’t know if they can say how long baby was in the microwave.”
Sacramento police spokeswoman Laura Peck said detectives consulted with medical experts and studied three previous cases involving a child being burned in a microwave before making the arrest.
“It was a lengthy investigation to determine how these burns occurred,” Peck said, as cited by the newspaper. “When the officers arrived on scene they immediately saw there were unexplained injuries because of the burns. That led to this very lengthy, involved investigation to determine how these unusual and rare injuries occurred.”
The mother remained under suspicion while detectives studied previous cases in Texas, Virginia and Ohio. The Texas case involved a Galveston child who survived being placed inside a microwave, while the death of a 1-month-old Virginia baby in 1999 resulted in a five-year sentence for the mother. A third case in Dayton, Ohio, involved the 2005 death of a 4-week-old baby and resulted in a guilty verdict and life sentence last month for the baby’s mother.
According to police, Yang has three other children, all under age 7, who were removed from the home the day the baby was found dead.
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