Thursday, September 4, 2008

Life in jail for microwaving baby

A WOMAN who microwaved her baby daughter to death has escaped the death penalty after a jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

China Arnold, 28, was found guilty last week of aggravated murder after killing month-old Paris Talley in 2005.

She told a cellmate her boyfriend did not believe the child was his.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton, Ohio, was told today that the jury that was to decide Arnold's penalty could not reach a decision, thus sparing her from execution, the Associated Press reported.

Arnold showed no reaction but smiled and waved to family members as deputies led her from the court.

Her defence had argued that Arnold was drunk when she put her baby in a microwave and had no motive to kill her child but prosecutors called the crime "heinous" as they argued for death.

After about five hours of deliberations, the jury told Judge Mary Wiseman it could not decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.

Judge Wiseman is now limited to sentencing Arnold to life in prison, with or without parole.


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