An Arkansas woman was convicted of murder on Tuesday after Rancho Cordova police found her three-year-old daughter dead in the backseat of an SUV, under blankets, on a hot summer day almost two years ago.
29-year-old Angela Phakhin was found guilty of first-degree murder after a jury unanimously ruled she was guilty of premeditated murder and felony torture in the June 2017 death of her daughter Maiya, 3, according to a news release by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday,
Untwan Smith, Phakin’s fiance, is now awaiting trial on the same charges.
Police said Phakin came to California in 2016 with Maiya and Smith.
Rancho Cordova authorities found the couple’s vehicle on June 28, 2017, parked the wrong way on Rod Beaudry Drive near River Bend Park, according to The Sacramento Bee.
It is now understood that Phakin and Smith exposed Maiya to “extreme summer temperatures” for over two weeks, the DA’s news release said.
Shockingly, it was revealed she died after being left in the hot car for 9 1/2 hours; and had been left inside for 4 1/2 hours the previous day.
On the day of Maiya’s death, the Sacramento region had reached 89 degrees, while touching 85 degrees the day before, according to National Weather Service archives.
That said, temperatures ranged between 104 and 107 degrees for five days straight the week before Maiya’s death.