Sacto 9-1-1
June 22, 2011
Mother accused of killing baby in microwave said she might have split personality

The woman accused of killing her baby in a microwave earlier this year repeatedly told authorities that the baby likely was injured during a fall as she suffered a blackout-inducing seizure, and even suggested that she suffered from a split personality, according to court records.

Sacramento police on Tuesday arrested 29-year-old Ka Yang on suspicion of killing her 6-week-old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, in March. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on suspicion of murder and assault resulting in the death of a child under the age of 8.

The investigation began on March 17, when paramedics were called to a home in the 800 block of Rood Avenue and found the infant severely burned. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her mother told family members, firefighters and, later, police detectives that she suffered a seizure while holding the baby as she worked at the computer, according to homicide Detective Thomas Shrum's request for an arrest warrant.

Yang said she woke up on the floor of the family room and saw the baby injured, according to the affidavit filed in Sacramento Superior Court.

But after police pointed out inconsistencies in her account, Shrum wrote, Yang admitted to lying, again claimed to have a seizure and stated she might have a split personality.

Police, however, accuse her of putting the infant in the microwave, where she suffered fatal thermal burns. They have said they do not know what prompted the stomach-churning act they allege.

For more, read tomorrow's Bee.

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