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Life sentence in microwave killing

September 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Dayton woman was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for burning her baby daughter to death in a microwave oven after fighting with her boyfriend.

Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman lashed out at China Arnold, 28, who opted to watch her sentencing from a side room on a monitor.

"No adjectives exist to adequately describe this heinous atrocity," Wiseman said. "This act is shocking and utterly abhorrent for a civilized society."

The judge rejected a plea by Arnold's attorneys for a minimum sentence of life in prison with the chance of parole after 25 years. A jury spared Arnold the death penalty when it couldn't reach a consensus.

"I am innocent of these charges," Arnold said in a statement. She was convicted Aug. 29 of aggravated murder in the death of month-old Paris Talley in 2005.

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