Mom Accused Of Microwaving Baby Appears In Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The case of a woman accused of killing her 6-week-old daughter by putting her in the microwave was delayed Wednesday as her attorneys await more evidence.

Prosecutors agreed to push back the hearing for Ka Yang to Aug. 26, who has not entered a plea to a charge of murder in the death of her daughter, Mirabelle.

The count includes a special circumstance that the death was intentional and involved torture, which makes the 29-year-old eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Yang, a mother of four who has been held without bail, often bowed her head during the appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court, covering her face with her long hair as she cried.

She was charged in June after authorities found the baby dead and covered in burns in the family’s Sacramento home March 17. Police say the child suffered “extensive thermal injuries” but could not find a cause until a pacifier was discovered in the microwave.

Investigators say Yang told them she had been working on a computer when she blacked out with Mirabelle in her arms. She said she woke up on the ground to find Mirabelle injured next to a space heater, according to an arrest affidavit from Sacramento police Detective Thomas Shrum.

The infant’s clothing and hair were not singed. According to the affidavit, Yang told them she might have a split personality when detectives asked about inconsistencies in her story.

She has a history of seizures, but paramedics said she did not appear to be disoriented when they arrived at her house, according to the affidavit.

Her attorney, Linda Parisi, has said her client might have psychological problems.

Yang’s other three children, all under the age of 7, are living with relatives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • jim

    effen skank, put her ugly a$$ in a MW oven and cook her to death …..

  • alex

    might have mental problems; you think?

    • Laura

      ya, you think? omfg!!

  • PB

    People suck

  • L

    Really intelligent comment

  • Ray Williams

    As heinous a crime as this is, I am still appalled by the asinine comments some readers make. Also, if this had been the father, he would have most likely already been brought up for trial…in this country, there is definitely a different standard for male and female suspects…even in a homicide case. Although this woman (?) deserves to be injected, she will still be around 20+ years from now; maybe even free.

  • LiberalButConservative

    Put her down, don’t waste time and our money. There is no rehabilitation for such a destructive member of society.

    • Jen

      You don’t sound like a liberal nor a conservative….you sound more like a teabagger…wait, you ARE A TEABAGGER! LIAR! Just put her in a nuthouse and THROW AWAY THE KEY!

      • Larry

        Jen, why Teabagger?? Do you think that is an insult?

  • elliott

    Super Stupid , I mean You !

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