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Mother guilty in microwave killing

August 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Dayton mother was convicted of killing her month-old daughter by burning her in a microwave oven, with jurors rejecting defense claims that someone else was responsible.

China Arnold, 28, lowered her head after the verdict was read. Relatives in the courtroom cried and covered their faces with their hands.

Arnold, who was found guilty of aggravated murder, could be sentenced to death.

The jury was scheduled to return Tuesday to begin hearing evidence in the penalty phase.

She was accused of killing daughter Paris Talley in 2005. Prosecutors said Arnold put her baby in the microwave after a fight with her boyfriend, fearing he would learn the baby wasn't his.

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