SACRAMENTO (CBS 5) – Police arrested a Northern California mother Tuesday on a murder charge, saying they believed she had burned her six-week-old baby to death in a microwave oven.

Ka Yang, 29, of Sacramento, had apparently claimed the young child’s March 17 death at home was caused by a seizure.

But the Sacramento Coroner determined Mirabelle Thao-Lo died from burns, however it could not be determined how she got them. After a three-month investigation that included consulting with several medical professionals and forensic specialists, police said they concluded that Mirabelle died as a result of being burned in a microwave oven.

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 U.S., 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.”

Yang was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on Tuesday and charged with one count of homicide.

Peck 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.

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Comments (71)
  1. Lexie Blue says:

    What a B1tch. She does not deserve to be a mother. Psycho, that’s what she is.

    1. Rory says:

      they should just take her out back and shoot her in the head!!

      1. Vishal says:

        No, don’t shoot her, that would be too easy of a punishment. Imagine how much the baby suffered being microwaved. Put her through something that compares to what the poor child went through.

      2. Jennifer says:

        Put her in a tanning booth that wont open and turn it on HIGH!!! she can die that way so she can feel how the poor lil baby feels. cruel but a women that kill their own child deserve worst.

  2. Bloodhounds says:

    Terrible! I wonder if the other kids were totured! Bring back the death penalty!

  3. Bloodhounds says:

    Whoops I missed an R!

  4. Tours Martel says:

    Just remember folks, that in America children aren’t human beings, they are a “choice”. She just carried it one step further, that’s all.

    1. CaseyLee says:

      Isn’t that the sad truth….

    2. Frank Fundingsland says:

      That is a stretch. Nice try.

    3. Gabtab says:

      If she’d “chosen” not to become a mother because she knew she was mentally unstable enough to do something so incredibly stupid like microwaving a baby her other children and my dreams tonight would be a lot better off.

      Thank goodness there are women out there who have the presence of mind to know that they wouldn’t be suitable mothers and do something about it.

      1. H8u says:

        You’re disgusting. Basically you are saying it is the baby’s fault that it got burned to death because the mother didn’t murder it while it was still in the womb? I hope someone does YOU in with a coat hanger, see how you like it.

      2. thinkingdownstream says:

        “Thank goodness there are women out there who have the presence of mind to know that they wouldn’t be suitable mothers and do something about it.”

        This mother simply realized that she wasn’t a suitable mother and exercised her right to choose and ‘did something about it’.

        She just delayed the choice for a few months. After all, what’s a few months when it comes to a woman’s right to choose?

        The result is the same – a baby dies by horrendously torturous means.

      3. antiwarmom says:

        I agree with you 100%. She should have “chosen” birth control or tubal ligation.

    4. Mac Web says:

      There is a massive difference between a freshly developed fetus and a born child.

      You do nothing for your cause by making comments like that. It just makes you look foolish.

      1. blender says:

        There is a massive difference between a freshly developed fetus and a born child
        No, the only difference is that after a baby is born you have to look it in the eye before you kill it and at that point its not politically correct. murder is murder.

    5. deedee says:

      You ignorant piece of isht. A bundle of cells with the potential to be is so far removed from being a baby it’s laughable, And so are you. Read a book once in awhile.

    6. Just me says:

      Well if she would have ‘chosen’ to abort this baby, at least it wouldn’t have suffered being burned from inside out at 6 weeks old.

    7. Jungle Monkey says:

      I don’t know if you guys are stupid or not, but I think Tours Martel was being sarcastic here…

    8. ML says:

      Well, this certainly isn’t a tasteless and completely tacky comment.

      Nope, not at all.

  5. Reynan Conlu says:

    Try and put this psycho to a dryer and spin for an hour…she look like a monster..

  6. lady b says:


  7. Joey Grant says:

    that chick is hella broke

  8. T l says:

    What goes around comes around. Hope she goes to hell.

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  10. Vanessa Garcia says:

    wow i wish they really give it to her…. instead of wasting tax payers money to give her life in prison people like her deserve to die immediately…. like within 24 hours!!!

  11. CaseyLee says:

    Not to be cruel, but, does the mom look like she may have some type of mental disorder? Her facial features say something that could link to that. I’m just trying to figure out WHY she would do this to the poor child. There’s got to be a reason, right?!

    1. Arvind says:

      Really, how ignorant are you? “Oh I don’t like your features, you must be plotting to microwave your baby.” It’s people like you who make americans look stupid.

      How sad that you also agreed with the moron who compared abortion to microwaving a fully grown baby.. All you bible thumbing fools must try to use your “God-given brain cells” once in a while. Trust me, it doesn’t hurt that much.

  12. ialbert says:

    She isnt korean. The baby’s name was mirabelle thao-lo. Either Vietnamese or Thai.

    1. Jeff says:

      Has nothing to do with race. Asians have the lowest population in prison of any race. She obviously has mental problems. Do you think any person in their right mind could do something like this?

    2. J.C.X. says:

      Accually she’s Hmong. Just letting you know.

  13. JQP says:

    The mother’s lack of facial expression looks as if she may have Down’s Syndrome.

  14. cheetara mountain says:

    she may have a mental condition but apparently she has raised other children so what makes her snap now if she was stable enough to raise the other children there is no reason that she couldn’t raise this one she is just a sick and twisted person and ppl like her deserve no pity.

  15. Sdeevoon says:

    So much for innocent until proven guilty. It may very well have been a sibling that microwaved the baby and the mother was just covering for their other child by claiming a seizure. It’s easily conceivable a six year old could microwave a baby without understanding fully what would happen.

    1. Natalie Brown says:

      I agree we can’t judge in a situation like this without knowing all the facts. Lets leave that the a jury.

  16. Arbitrary Reader says:

    Ummm….None have the slightest ides of what actually happened save for this article. Last I checked, people US citizens are innocent until proven guilty. She may be a hero. Perhaps one of her other children zapped the infant and she refuses to speak. Perhaps she did it. But until then, show some tact and keep the editorial comments to yourselves. You impress no one.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      Based upon your post, you really need to stick your head in the microwave and set it for 60 minutes. “She may be a hero. Perhaps one of her other children zapped the infant and she refuses to speak.” – Please explain exactly how that would make someone a hero? You are part of the problem. No one has the fortitude to do what needs to be done with criminals. That is part of the reason for the rampant crime which seems so pervasive in our society. When you remove someone permanently they do not procreate and pass on bad genes. You are right, she is innocent until proven guilty, which she will not because they will declare her incompetent to stand trial and send her off for “treatment.” They cannot “treat” mental illness. There is only one cure for mental illness and it is the same as should be used on a significant portion of our criminal population. It works, it is definite, and quite permanent.

  17. kat says:

    Reminds me of Andrea Yates. I wonder if her husband or BF expected her to be a babymachine and ignored Post partum depression until it was a full on psychosis…

  18. myself says:

    Mmm, gonna make me some delicious microwaved baby!

    But no. Seriously. This is horrible.

  19. Patty Tanco says:

    Death penilty…

    1. Hank says:

      That’s Death Penalty. apparantly you’re too stupid to write in correct grammar yet you feel smart enough to call for the killing of other human beings. Awesome.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Aaaaannnnd this woman doesn’t deserve to die for killing another human? A defenseless one, at that? Hmm… your logic is a bit flawed, Hank.

      2. RealityCheck says:

        Hank – It is actually SPELLING, not grammar my dear moron. And death penalty is not capitalized you idiotic village escapee. Please come back, Tomales Bay is missing its idiot.

  20. anon says:

    They should call Jory Caron of “is it a good idea to microwave this?” Lol

  21. jmc says:

    she should be stoned to death

  22. necrobot01 says:

    If it was a man who did this, I don’t think anyone here would try to find excuses for why he did it. But as soon as there is a woman accused of doing something like this, a bunch of people come out of the woodwork to say “she must have some sort of personal problem, cause mothers just don’t do things like this elseway”
    Men/fathers = evil, women/mothers = tragedy is what seems to be the standard for western countries…

  23. Jessica Pilet Lange says:

    They should put her in a microwave and turn the knob as far as it can go. That poor child…..

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I hope she gets the death penalty.

  25. Ka's high school friend says:

    Hi, folks, thank to all your comments posted here. First of all, i just want to let you guys ang gales know that I am one of Ka Yang’s close friends. We went to Banning High School together. We have known each other so well and for so long. I like to explain something about her so that you have some idea of how this person would have done thing like this to her six week old baby girl.

    Ka Yang is a Hmong woman. She is the nicest womanwhom I have ever met in my life. She has been having her Seizure Disorder since she was in high school with me. The occurence of her seizure was very often. There would be 3-4 times seizure attacks per week. I personally have seen her fell down onto the floor so many times. When she has a minor seizure attack, it makes her very confuse and acts out crazy. It means she doesnt know what is happening around her. During this period of time, she does something without any attention. At one occassion, I have seen her use a small knife to cut her. I stopped from what she was doing that to herself and asked her why. She was totally confused… not able to respond me.

    The reason she microwaved her baby could have been that she just suffered from a small seizure attack and this cause her to be confused. So, she made mistake of placing her baby in the microwave oven. She might think that the microwave was a good place to place her baby in. Believe or not…when someone is out of his or her mind, that person might act crazy. I have seen so many people like this. For this reason, Ka Yang is qualify to face a death penalty as said. Her mental issue has to be checked by a clinical psychologist.

    I like you to put your feet in her shoes to see how much defference you would be able to do. I want you guys to know this, by logic, can anyone woman has the attention to microwave her own baby? This will never hapen to any woman. The baby came out from her. The baby is her blood…you should know that. So, did Ka attentionally microwaved her own baby…no. She might microwaved the baby due to her bad mentation during her seizure.

  26. Ka's high school friend says:

    clarification for the sentence ” Ka Yang qualify for a death penalty” I missed the word “not”. Here is correct on one…”Ka Yang is not qualify for a death penalty”

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