Woman who Left Daughter, 3, in Hot Car Convicted of Murder

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A woman who deliberately left her 3-year-old daughter in an SUV for 9 1/2 hours during a blazing Northern California summer has been convicted of her murder.

Angela Phakhin was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and torture.

Authorities say Phakhin and her fiance repeatedly left her daughter, Maiya, in the car in Rancho Cordova over two weeks in 2017.

The girl spent 4 ½ hours there one June day. The next day, she was found dead under a pile of blankets after a 9 ½-hour stretch.

Sacramento County prosecutors say Phakhin told authorities she and Untwan Smith were trying to remove “lustful demons” from the girl.

Prosecutors say Phakhin was repeatedly warned to protect the girl and advised to take her to a cooling shelter.

Smith’s murder trial is pending.

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