http://www.sacbee.com/2010/12/27/32...ramento-girl-dies.html#storylink=omni_popular Truly Lo was 6 years old when her stepmother, Weili Kao, abused her so severely that she fell into a coma. The girl sustained brain injuries that left her survival in doubt. She never regained consciousness. While visiting her bedside, "I could feel her desire to be with us and to be alive," he said. Lately, he'd felt a change and had told her she could go. "It's sad, but sometimes I think it was a release for her," he said. At Kao's trial in August 2005, evidence showed that she became enraged at Truly for disobeying her. She slapped her, spanked her and hit her with a coat hanger, then strangled her while holding her inside a walk-in closet, according to testimony. Family members pleaded for mercy at Kao's sentencing, saying the beating was an isolated incident and a terrible mistake. More at the link. She can still stand trial for her death according to the article. The jury had the option of a torture charge which would have been life in prison but they deadlock 9-3 in stepmother's favor.