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China Doll . . .

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Worried that her boyfriend would find out that their one-month-old baby wasn’t his, China Arnold placed the child in the microwave and burned her to death.

Arnold claimed that she arrived home after a drinking binge and was awakened by the baby’s crying at 2:30 a.m. She stated that she warmed a bottle in the microwave oven, attempted to feed the baby, changed the child’s diaper and fell asleep on the coach with the baby on her chest.

Arnold said that she was alone with the baby and her three kids in the apartment and had no clue that something was wrong until her boyfriend arrived several hours later. The boyfriend, Arnold claimed had noticed something wrong with the baby.

Police Detective Michael Gailbraith said Arnold told him: “If I hadn’t gotten so drunk, I guess my baby wouldn’t have died.”

Arnold’s defense attorney Jon Paul Rion successful litigation resulted in the Judge John Kessler declaring a mistrial on February 11 after he had heard the testimony of an 8-year-old boy.

The juvenile claimed to have seen another boy walking into the kitchen of an adjacent apartment with the baby, heard the microwave in operation, and then later witnessed the burnt baby in the oven.

The 8-year-old’s testimony was refuted by his mother when she testified that they lived some distance away and were not present at the apartment complex at the time of the baby’s death. The woman’s former live-in boyfriend’s testimony also corroborated that the boy was not at the location.

Detectives had taken a long time to conclude their investigation because although they suspected that a microwave was used, there was no evidence to support what effects microwave ovens would have on human tissue.

But prosecutors said that the baby’s DNA was found in the microwave in Arnold’s apartment and that little shred of evidence may have been enough to seal her faith.

Nearly three years after Paris Talley’s death (August 30, 2005), China Arnold was found guilty of aggravated murder.

Perhaps a better defense would have been that after arriving home in a drunken stupor, Arnold had mistakenly placed Paris in the oven instead of the bottle of milk.

Surely Arnold’s blood-alcohol level, which was four times the legal driving limit according to the testimony given by a forensic pathologist, would have planted reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors if such a theory had been used?

But Jon Paul Rion told jurors that Arnold couldn’t remember what happened and was probably too drunk that night to have put the infant in the oven.

As her relatives cried and shielded their faces with their hands, China Arnold, 28, of Dayton, showed no reaction when the jury’s verdict was announced.

She merely closed her eyes and looked down at the defense table.

Perhaps Arnold was thinking that she wouldn’t be in court today if she had not been afraid to tell her boyfriend that Paris Talley wasn’t his.

What drove China Arnold to murder her one-year-old baby?

Was it fear of being abandoned by her boyfriend once he found that the child wasn’t his or did China Arnold in a drunken stupor mistakenly placed her baby in the microwave instead of a bottle of milk?

The truth may never be known . . .

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author


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  1. Only God has the right to take life away, killing does not justify another’s death. Sadly there was no evidence that China was the actual person to put the child in the microwave, but there was a 5 yr old witness who claimed seing another child do it. I think she should be responsible for neglecting the baby, being drunk with children is ridiculous. I don’t know maybe she was so drunk she microwaved the baby instead of the bottle by mistake. It could have been she went crazy or suffered from a deep depressed state. Or possible someone else really did it, and she was too drunk to realize or passed out. China does have 3 smart healthy children and she did attempt to save her child. Hospital workers stated she was shocked to even here the baby was microwaved. I do not find the death penalty justified in any case. But i do believe she should be punished for neglect because her drunken state caused the baby’s safety to be compromised. If she would not have been drunk, it never would have happened.


    September 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

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