SACRAMENTO, CA - The stepmother of a 6-year-old Natomas girl who died six and a half years after the stepmother was found guilty of child abuse has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder.
The child, Truly Lo, was beaten into an unconscious state by the stepmother, Weili Kao, on May 11, 2004 while the girl's father was at work, according to court documents. The girl suffered non-reversible brain damage after Kao whipped her with a coat hanger, lifted her up by her neck and slammed her into the floor twice. Although her step-daughter was unresponsive. Kao put her to bed and didn't take her to the hospital until the next morning.
Kao punished the girl because when she was sent into the bathroom for a time-out and told to stand, Kao found her an hour later sitting, according to testimony.
The beating left the 6 year old in a coma.
Kao was convicted of several counts of child abuse and given a 16-year prison sentence in 2005.
Lo never regained consciousness and died Dec. 21, 2010.
Kao was then charged with murder. At her sentencing this week, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said she was given three years of credit for time served on the child abuse conviction.