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Drunken mom gets life, no parole, for microwaving her baby to death



Published: Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 7:49 p.m.

DAYTON

The Dayton woman convicted of killing her month-old baby daughter in a microwave oven was spared the death penalty and sentenced today to life in prison without parole.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman sentenced China Arnold, 31,, who psychologists testified showed no signs of serious mental illness. Arnold declined to make a statement during her sentencing.

She was convicted last week of aggravated murder by the same jury after six hours of deliberation Thursday and today.

Prosecutors say Arnold intentionally put 28-day-old Paris Talley in a microwave and turned it on after a fight with her boyfriend. The couple had argued over whether the boyfriend was the infant's biological father.

Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion argued that the evidence pointed as much to the boyfriend as it did to the child's mother, who Rion said was drunk at the time.

After Friday's hearing, Rion told the Dayton Daily News he would appeal. He did not immediately return a message left at his office by The Associated Press.

The prosecutor's office had no immediate comment.

Medical experts testified that the baby died quickly after her temperature reached between 107 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit, but probably was in the microwave for more than two minutes

"She was cooked," said Dr. Marcella Fierro, retired chief medical examiner for Virginia.

It was Arnold's third trial in her daughter's 2005 death. Her first trial ended in a mistrial when new witnesses surfaced just before closing arguments. Her second trial ended in a guilty verdict and a life sentence. But an appeals court overturned the conviction when it found prosecutorial misconduct.

Dr. Jeffrey Smalldon said Arnold suffered from a "low-grade chronic depressive condition" as well as alcohol and drug abuse. He said he found nothing "that would have justified the death of this child."

In arguing for the death sentence, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Dan Brandt told the jury there were no factors that mitigate the "purposeful murder of baby Paris in that microwave."

Defense attorney Kevin Lennen said that death or life in prison would be a tough penalty, but death should go only to the worst offenders. He pointed to evidence that Arnold was drunk at the time of the baby's death.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

"In arguing for the death sentence, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Dan Brandt told the jury there were no factors that mitigate the "purposeful murder of baby Paris in that microwave."

China Arnold didn't see any crime in what she did but viewed it as a late term abortion .

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2LtMacGowan(622 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Sorry but George Tiller was a hero, this lady is a wacko.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

LtMacGowan :

"Sorry but George Tiller was a hero, this lady is a wacko."

I'm sure that many children viewed Tiller the baby killer as a hero as he ripped them to pieces from their mothers womb . . . ..

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4LtMacGowan(622 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes he is a hero. He's a hero for providing women with a LEGAL health service. Allowing women control over their own bodies while facing death threats from wackos that think they are above the law and threaten a doctor performing legal services with death, they threatened his family for years and years. So yes he is a Hero.

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5CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't agree with the killing of the Dr but he was no hero. Any human being that willingly tears apart another human being for money is no "hero". Hitler made the killing of the Jewish people "legal". He was no hero either. Women have control over their bodies unless they are forcibly raped. They can choose to use birth control or not.

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6Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

"Defense attorney Kevin Lennen said that death or life in prison would be a tough penalty, but death should go only to the worst offenders."

And putting a month old INNOCENT baby in a microwave is not considered a "worst offender." Really?

"He pointed to evidence that Arnold was drunk at the time of the baby's death."

So that makes it OK to put a month old INNOCENT baby in a microwave and then turning it on. Really?

Nothing but a savage animal that shouldn't be roaming this planet.

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7Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Someone who kills vulnerable humans a hero...?

How far we've fallen.

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8LtMacGowan(622 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

So apparently Tiller is on par with Hitler?

It makes me want to get a medical degree to take up his work to make sure that women who want these services can and will have control over their own bodies and can obtain a legal procedure.

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9LtMacGowan(622 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Id also like to point out that I never recommended any leniency for her. I simply am against the state killing in my name.

We can mete out justice with out resorting the barbarity that other states that use the death penalty do (Like China or Iran)

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

LtMacGowan "

"We can mete out justice with out resorting the barbarity that other states that use the death penalty do (Like China or Iran)"

Here in The States ripping the most innocent apart in the womb is a favorite .

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11LtMacGowan(622 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Well unfortunately for your beliefs abortion is legal.

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12Jake(112 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

So it only took 2 comments for an abortion debate to break out. Nice job, people.

Back to the topic at hand, how about we build a microwave large enough to hold an adult, put her in, and set the timer for about 5 minutes?

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13CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Something being "Legal" doesn't make it "Moral, Just, or Right." The only difference between an abortion and a premature birth in some states is whether or not the baby is "wanted". It is disgusting. Fortunately more people are beginning to understand the difference and some of these laws are being changed. About dang time!

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