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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to mother accused of baby’s death in microwave?

Preliminary hearing gets underway for Ka Yang who sits next to her attorney, Linda Parisi. Yang is accused of microwaving her baby to death. Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Preliminary hearing gets underway for Ka Yang who sits next to her attorney, Linda Parisi. Yang is accused of microwaving her baby to death. Tuesday, February 21, 2012. rpench@sacbee.com

Q: What happened to the woman accused of putting her baby in a microwave?

Dawn, Rio Linda

A: Ka Yang remains in Sacramento County Jail, accused of murder in the March 17, 2011 death of her 7-week-old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo.

Her trial is scheduled for Sept. 1, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

Yang, 33, is accused of killing the infant by placing her in a microwave oven. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento police responded to Yang’s Robla-area home at the request of firefighters, who were concerned about the infant’s mysterious death. Yang reportedly told family members, firefighters and, later, detectives, that she had been holding the baby while working on a computer when she blacked out. She woke up on the floor, next to a space heater, and the baby was injured.

The child had severe burns from head to toe, but detectives found no obvious sources for the burns in the home. The infant’s pajamas were intact and her hair unsinged. Then, inside the kitchen microwave, they found a pacifier.

Although Yang had a history of seizures, the prosecutor suggested during a preliminary hearing that she did not have one the day the infant died. Instead, he suggested that the baby was being fussy and distracting Yang from work she needed and wanted to get done.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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