Mom held after baby dies in microwave

2011-06-22 12:02

Sacramento - Sacramento police arrested a 29-year-old mother on Tuesday after an investigation found her baby likely died from burns suffered in a microwave oven.

Ka Yang was being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of murder and assault resulting in the death of a child.

She was arrested three months after her otherwise healthy 6-week-old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, was found dead in the family home on March 17.

Police described the child as suffering "extensive thermal injuries". Officer Laura Peck said the arrest took so long because investigators had to pinpoint what they believe is the cause of death by looking for other cases involving similar injuries.

They found three in the US, all after children were burned in a microwave: In Dayton, Ohio; Galveston, Texas; and New Kent County, Virginia.

"This is rare. The injuries were obviously very unique," Peck said. "There have been only three other documented cases in the entire country where the injuries were consistent with this case. ... Those children were also burned and placed in the microwave."

Children removed from home

She said police do not know a motive. She did not believe Yang had an attorney, and none was listed in jail records.

"We wouldn't assess her mental condition. That will be up to the court system," Peck said. "The bottom line is no one knows what happened in that house but her and the little baby."

Yang has three other children, all under age 7, who were removed from the home the day their sister was found dead. They are now living with relatives.

Last month, China Arnold, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2005 microwave murder of her 28-day-old daughter, Paris Talley.

In 2008, Joshua Mauldin, of Galveston, Texas, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for severely burning his 2-month-old daughter in a microwave oven. The girl survived, but suffered second- and third-degree burns to her left ear, cheek, hand and shoulder. Part of her left ear had to be amputated, and she required several skin grafts.

In 2000, a Virginia woman was sentenced to five years in prison for killing her month-old son in a microwave oven. Elizabeth Renee Otte claimed she had no memory of putting her son in the microwave in 1999. Experts testified that Otte suffered from epilepsy and that her seizures were followed by blackouts.

  • myburghjennifer - 2011-06-22 13:01

    People in this world are really sick!!

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-22 13:02

    I wanna die when I read somthing like this. Put this women to the gallows quickly. I dont wanna think about the babys suffering while in the microwave.

  • Stuka - 2011-06-22 13:13

    Can you imagine the pain that little body had to endure. I cringe when my baby girl bumbs her head on something and start crying. How on this earth can one start to fathom to hurt that small little defensless baby, she was completely dependant on her mom. I sincerely hope one day these people will somewhere somehow have the opertunity to explain to their babies, their own blood why they killed them. This is so friggen horrible.

  • nicoleen.dickinson - 2011-06-22 13:29

    I am speechless. Cannot imagine the full extent of the suffering.

  • anna - 2011-06-22 13:33

    WHY???? What makes a mother kill her own child??

      tryanything - 2011-06-22 13:39

      Animals will fight to the death to protect their young.....

  • Crane Driver - 2011-06-22 13:46

    An unfathomable evil

  • martin - 2011-06-22 14:02

    All homes must possess two ingredients: a home can't exist without love, and a home must be a place of peace (a harmonious existence). They take great effort, and neither can be taken for granted. With this tragic story in mind, we need to take a closer look at what it takes to build a home, and celebrate the redeeming power of peace. We all need to read "The Lottery Code", a free ebook available from

  • Mike_L - 2011-06-22 15:07

    Horrific and sickening in the extreme. Sometimes I find myself wishing that the 2012 Doomsday prophecy were not just a silly fiction.

  • uniquephiri - 2011-06-22 15:30

    God hav mercy

  • MEopinion - 2011-06-23 09:51

    What kind of heartless cruel society can produce individuals capable of such an act? We need to return to basic humanistic values.

  • Nickumz - 2011-10-14 17:52

    It is so heartbreaking. 2012 is a silly prediction, but the 2nd comming of Christ is not,the last days... therefore evil increases as predicted also. Sick stuff like this has satan behind it. We are all born in sin and are capable of doing horrendous acts unimaginable. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23 "All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." Romans 3:12 "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold," Matthew 24:12 Seek Him. God Bless.

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