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China P. Arnold

China Arnold (born March 29, 1980 in Dayton, Ohio)[1] is an American convicted murderer. She killed her daughter, Paris, by cooking her in a microwave. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for her crime.



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 September 8, 2008, for killing her 28-day-old daughter, Paris. Paris was placed in a microwave oven for what analysts suspect was longer than two minutes and died the following day due to her internal temperature becoming critical.[3][4]

In August 2005, Arnold lived with her other children and her boyfriend, Terrell Talley, in a housing complex. Prosecutors said she placed Paris into the microwave after an argument with Talley over Paris' paternity; she told investigators that she was intoxicated. She took Paris to the hospital the next day, where she died of her injuries.[5] She was initially arrested, then released due to a lack of evidence. She was rearrested in November 2006.[6]

Shortly after Arnold's first trial began, Talley said his son had told him that he pulled Paris' lifeless body out of the microwave after a neighbor's boy had put her inside;[7] the claim resulted in a mistrial.[8] However, during 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 November 5, 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 her defense.[10]

On May 13, 2011, a jury found Arnold guilty of aggravated murder. Her attorney had argued that the evidence pointed as much to Talley as it did her, but failed to convince them.[11]


Arnold has been incarcerated at the Dayton Correctional Institution since September 11, 2008.[12]

On May 20, 2011, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Her attorney says they will appeal the decision.[13]


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