China P. Arnold

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China Arnold (born March 29, 1980, in Dayton, Ohio)[1] is an American convicted murderer.


Arnold, who had been convicted of abduction in 2000 and forgery in 2002,[2] was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on 8 September 2008 for killing her 28-day-old daughter, Paris. The infant was placed in a microwave oven for what analysts suspect was longer than 2 minutes and died shortly after removal. Death occurred because her internal temperature became critical. In the words of medical examiner, Dr. Marcella Fierro, "she was cooked."[3][4]

At the time, Arnold lived with her children and her boyfriend, Terrell Talley, in a housing complex. Prosecutors said that she placed Paris into the microwave after an argument with Talley over the baby's paternity; she told investigators that she was intoxicated. Arnold took Paris to the hospital the next day, where she died of her injuries.[5] Arnold was arrested initially, then released due to lack of evidence. She was re-arrested in November 2006.[6]

Shortly after Arnold's first trial began, Talley told the Dayton Daily News that his son told him that he pulled the baby's lifeless body out of the microwave after a neighbor's boy had put her in there;[7] the claim resulted in a mistrial.[8] However, at the second trial, the mother of the boy in question established that he was not at the housing complex when Paris died, and Arnold was convicted of aggravated murder.[9]

On 5 November 2010, the Second District Court of Appeals reversed Arnold's conviction, citing misconduct by prosecutors and that the court erred by not allowing material witnesses to testify in Arnold's defense.[10]

On 13 May 2011, a jury found Arnold guilty of aggravated murder. Her attorney had argued that the evidence pointed as much to Talley as it did Arnold, to no avail.[11]


Arnold has been incarcerated at the Dayton Correctional Institution since 11 September 2008. [1]

On May 20, 2011, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Her attorney says they will appeal the decision.[12]


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