Prosecutors won't seek death for microwave killing

February 4, 2012 - 2:45 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty for a woman charged with killing her 6-week-old daughter in a microwave.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/ygTUWi ) that during a brief hearing Friday, Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore disclosed that prosecutors would not seek death for Ka Yang.

The 30-year-old Yang is charged with murder with special circumstances in the death of her daughter, Mirabelle.

Yang was arrested and charged in June after authorities determined that her baby had died of what was termed "extensive thermal injuries."

In an emailed statement, Ore said prosecutors had considered Yang's lack of criminal background in deciding not to pursue capital punishment.

Ore also said in his statement that Yang is still facing a special-circumstance charge of torture that could send her to life in prison with no chance of parole if she is convicted.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com