DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A woman convicted of murdering her infant daughter by microwaving her was spared the death penalty Wednesday by a jury that couldn't reach a unanimous decision.
China Arnold showed no immediate reaction, but she smiled and waved to family members as deputies led her from the courtroom. Her relatives told her they loved her.
"I love you all, too," said Arnold, 28.
The defense had argued that Arnold was drunk when the offense occurred and had no motive, while prosecutors had called the crime "heinous" as they argued for the death penalty.
After about five hours of deliberation, the jury told Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman that it couldn't decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison, and that it wouldn't be able to make such a decision even if it deliberated through Thursday.
Wiseman is now limited to sentencing Arnold to life in prison without parole, life without parole for at least 30 years, or life without parole for at least 25 years. She plans to impose her sentence Monday.
Arnold was accused of killing month-old Paris Talley in 2005. A judge declared a mistrial in February, and the retrial began August 18. The jury found Arnold guilty Friday of aggravated murder.
"It's not about achieving the death penalty," Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor David Franceschelli said after the jury's announcement. "The judge is going to figure out the appropriate penalty. The jurors in this case took a shot at sentencing, and for whatever reason 12 people couldn't come to the same conclusion."
Outside the courthouse, Arnold's relatives hugged one another.
"We're relieved that an innocent person didn't receive the death penalty," said defense attorney Jon Paul Rion. "It doesn't make sense that a person who has had no real problems in their life can even be accused of something like this."
Rion had asked Tuesday for a new trial, saying a former cellmate who said Arnold confessed to the crime has changed her story. Wiseman has not ruled on the motion and said she would schedule a hearing.
Rion said he plans to present witnesses that point to another person being responsible for the baby's death.
During the trial, an 8-year-old boy said he saw another boy walk into the kitchen of a nearby apartment with the baby, heard the microwave go on and then later saw the burned baby in the microwave.
Attorneys for both sides addressed the jury before deliberations on Wednesday. The fact that Arnold had been a Girl Scout, that her father died when she was young and that she comes from a close family does not outweigh the seriousness of the crime, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Daniel Brandt said.
"That tells us she has no excuses for her actions," he said.
Defense attorney Kevin Lennen urged the jury not to recommend the death penalty, saying Arnold was drunk at the time and that she had no motive to kill her child.
Franceschelli had the last word, calling the crime "heinous." He pulled out a wristwatch and waved it at jurors.
"If this is not the time for the death penalty, when is the time?" he said.
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Somebody needs to put her stupid a$# in the microwave. Some people don't need kids.
Horrible, and it sickens me to my stomach.
R.I.P to the little one.
discusting. Hope the b!tch rots.
They need to lock her *** up for life without parole. They tried to say a 5 year old did it. And now they trying to say she was drunk when she did it. This woman should have gotten death for that. They shoulda put her *** in a microwave so she know how it feel!
She fried her little one...so she should fry too. I'm sure someone will take care of her in prison. She deserves it.
bIG BURFA gonna get her ugly *** when she gets to prison. Shes gonna wish she microwaved a weave instead of the lil one... F$#@ her dumb ***. Let her live so she can suffer for what she did...
This is so sad and disgusting. Babies are a gift from God. To do something so heartless and cruel is downright pathetic. Who cares that she was a girl scout? WTH?
boy she might as well consider that *** no longer hers cuz as soon as she step foot in jail its gon be on and poppin! get it!
cannot possibly give someone like this the death penalty
maybe she is extreamly trummatised.
She need prayer and maybe a mental institute
put her *** in a mirowave
GOOD 4 THAT ***.. ANY1 THAT COMMITES A CRIME LIKE THINS ON A CHILD SHOULD BE KILLED ASAP.
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I DON'T LIKE HEARING STUFF LIKE THAT, WTF IS WRONG WITH THAT BYTCH, WHAT POSSESED HER TO TO SOME CRAZY *** LIKE THAT?? I COULD CARE LESS WHO SHE IS, PPL WHO WANNA KILL AND HURT CHILDREN SHOULD DEFINITALLY GET THE DEATH PENALTY...IF SHE WANTED TO SPARE HER BABIES LIFE THEN WHY *** THEY SPARE HERS?
PPL REALLY R CRAZY!! *** U BE EVALUATED B4 HAVIN A KID?? IDK I DO KNO SHE NEEDS HER *** BEAT
WTF?!?!? People are crazy!
Its 2 many sick *** *** in this world
Pitty no microwave big enough 4 her
Dumb f^cking ***! It's even worse when it's a woman that hurts her child! A dumb *** man I understand but women should feel more connected to their child! I hope she rots in prison and then in hell! Just like that *** Casey Anthony! People should have to be evaluated before having children! How could you do something like that? To a defenseless child! Evil devil spawns.
There ain't enough alcohol in the world to make ya not realize your putting your baby in the microwave.
burn that b*tch
This is the exact reason some people should not have kids, I don't care how drunk U R, that's no excuse 4 doing what this dumb broad did, she should suffer the exact same death that she borught 2 her baby, sad!
PUT THIS B.TCH IN A OVEN. IT'S CHEAPER THAN LETTING HER LIVE ON DEATH ROW.
What HAS this world came to, when people are allowed to get away with ***!t like this????
Sad days indeed. We should all be held accountable for her actions, whether fully thought through or not, that child is dead. She can never be brought back.
She need to put her ugly big *** in the microwave.. these people *** with these children are pityful.. its getting out of hand.
what they hell are they serious? So what if she was drunk, that ain't no type of reasonable excuse to be spared. So if someone drives drunk and kills a whole bus load of kids they're 'off the hook" cause they were drunk?! Tell me what kind of sense does that make? to think *** near anybody can be a parent SAD. Ugh SMH.
This some skraight ***!t.
OhioFlyGirl--i see someone else from ohio up in here,lol,where u from here?....and to the story,this b!tch needs to be jailed for life,this is so sad,sickens me how sum peeps treat children
Lord, help us please.
dang why all these people doing bad things ta babies is black?? ....*** thay should bake her like a cake
Not surprising, black folks are doing everything white people are doing now days, because we are followers. SMH
Once again, what posseses these people to do these type of things? I can't even BEGIN to imagine the pain that poor child had to endure while being fried to death. God have mercy! May the little child R.I.P.
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SHE IS SICK! SHE NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL FOR LIFE! Why couldnt they reach a unanimous decision? SMH!
Why the hell didn't she get the death penalty? Thats effed up. And she would have to be a black woman.. smh
They need to cook her *** like rotisserie meat.
WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED 2 DO WIT SOMEONE LIKE THAT?
That is horrific.
She reminds me of Hottie from Flavor of love.
The ding bat was cooking for Flavs mom.
And put a whole raw chicken in the microwave, with carrots and marshmellows....
... and hit the "CHICKEN" button... and served up that raw meal minutes later to Flavs mom.
Classic moment that went down in history.
They need to put her Ugly a$$ in a oven so she can get a taste of hell. ***$king idoit!
I believed she was confused, this is the reason why God says do not get drunk.
On second thought God forgive me! I don't wish for anybody not even child molesters to go to hell that’s a horrible place! GOD FORGIVE ME!
I still don't understand how a mother can carry & nurture her child then do such a thing.............
May god bless her, she could not have beeen in a normal state of mind.
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do her the same way she did that baby. she's sick. give her the old fashion death penalty. fry her @ss.
Why da hell is she allowed to have a choice. Can I microwave her ***? Imma do it real slow. Put her in for 10 mins then keep checking to see if she's "done".
Sick chick. Females (some) will do anything to keep a man. Desperate. WEll guess what, a man not going to be where you're going. Throw her dum bass in the oven.
IS THERE SUCH THING AS JUSTICE NEMORE 4GET LIFE IN PRISON SHE STILL GETS 2 LIVE A FULL LIFE WAT ABOUT THAT BABY NEVER STOOD A CHANCE!
WTF!?! Why is she not UNDER the jail digging her own grave in preparation for her execution?! That is unfathomable, I can't even comprehend that level of crazy!
That sick fool needs to be fried in the electric chair.
they should microwave her. I HATE this lady for what she did to that baby. this is sad rediculous and everything else. God should punish these people in the worst way possible.
innocent? since when was being drunk a legitiment excuse? she put the baby in the microwave and cooked her. she was a month old. she felt that!!!!! that was heinious. the pain of her flesh and skin burning. the pain of her brain frying. the pain of this happining. shes *** sick. no one sane does these things. no one with a soul does this. she a fu(king animal that needs to be put to sleep. her family dont have anything to do with it. they didnt feel what that baby felt.
OMG!!!! Ain't a *** thing innocent about her! Her being drunk is no excuse whatsoever!!!
they need 2 throw dat trifilin b i t c h in da oven!!! RIP 2 da innocent baby
ARE THESE JURY MEMBERS A BUNCH OF MORONS???
SHE SURELY DOESN'T DESERVE TO LIVE AND HAVE US TAXPAYERS PROVIDE FOR HER FOR THE DURATION OF THE REST OF HER LIFE. ANYONE WHO CAN HURT A DEFENSELESS BABY SHOWS JUST WHAT TYPE OF ANIMAL THAT THEY ARE.
I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR PEOPLE WHO HURT KIDS BECAUSE THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO CANNOT HAVE CHILDREN THAT WOULD LOVE TO BE PARENTS. FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES A CHILD CAN BE DROPPED OFF IF YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF THEM.
I HOPE THE OTHER INMATES GIVE HER WHAT SHE DESERVES.
She should fwckin suffer! I hope they make her life a living hell in prison.
The world is coming to an end! ***! to take the life of your own flesh and blood and in such a gruesome way. my heart goes out to the soul of that baby.
Oh god another sick person. ***' A!
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Burn her alive
yow what the f@#*** is with this pplz !!!
How da HELL you gon microwave a *** baby? What da hell is this world comin too?
KILL OFF SHE BLOOOOOOODCLAATT THATS HER FLESH *** BLOOD *** DEY LET HER OFF CAUSE SHE WAS DRUNK. FIRST IF ALL U GONNA DO IS GET DRUNK USE A FUQIN CONDOM EVENTHO IT TAKE MAD FEELIN OUT DO SUMTHIN NOW U DONE HAD A KID *** U THROW EM INA MICROWAVE WAT IS THERE TO DECIDE ON KILL HER SUM PPL DONT HAVE A HEART *** IF U HAVE A CHILD UR DRINKIN SHOULD B LIMITED CAUSE U HAVE A CHILD BUT SHE HAD NO REMORSE FOR HER CHILD WENT INTO JAIL *** HER CELL MATE SNITCHED ON HER I WOULD HAVE 2 HONESTLY CAUSE THATS IN-HUMANE BEHAVIOR ESPECIALLI FOR A WOMAN TO DO THAT *** SHE GONNA GET OFF FUQ THAT KILL HER FUQ WA HUMAN RITEZ ACTIVIST HAD 2 SAI CAUSE WERE THE HUMAN ACTIVIST FOR THE BABY AT TO C SHE DESERVE THIS ONE AGAIN A SYSTEM WHO WEN THERE IS NO CRIME THEY SENTENCE HARD LIKE 6 COUNTZ OF MURDER 2 OVA 150 YRZ *** DA ONEZ WHO DOO DA SERIOUZ CRIME GET OFF WIT 25 2 LIFE
That's just ridiculous. They should have thought about what it must've been like for that baby. How it was tortured being cooked in a *** microwave. She deserved the death penalty-remorseful or not.
***! Dayton, OHIO is finally international and look what it took to get there. Freakin' shame.
BTW, it's being said here in the city that one of her kids put the baby in the microwave, not her.
I'm starting to think mental evaluation (of both parents) during prenatal care is a good idea.
I DONT THINK SHE SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALITY THATS TOO EASY SHE SHOULD LIVE WITH IT HER WHOLE LIFE IN JAIL AND SUFFER JUST LIKE THE BABY HAD TO
this is shameful on for any race...especially as black folk...she better be dang thankful i wasn't on that jury........btw where was she when that other child was putting that child in the microwave?people watch your children take responsibility for your action
i was pregnant when this story broke and i swear i earled just thinking about something so "heiness" no way does she deserve the death penalty...let that *** rot in jail where *** will kick her *** everyday and remind her of what a heartless *** she is...
FRY *** FRY ***....THESE PPL ARE SICK *** HELL....LOL MAN THE WORLD IS GOING DOWN WATCH!!!! JESUS GOT SOMETHING FOR ALL OF US...LOL
Not surprised! Our system is ran by Satan and they are no better. People have more sympathy for murders then victims. The death penalty should've been mandatory for her crime. Poor baby suffered!!!
Once the other prisoners find out what she's in for, life in prison will probably be a fate far worse than death.
someone "cook breakfast for her"!
Ok, u can be put to death for *** a crooked *** cop, but not microwaving a baby!?!? This is not America!!!!! That *** needs to be microwaved and i'll be sure to put her *** on defrost then full power. Make sure she's "done".
another sicko bytch
THIS REALLY UPSETS ME!! THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE HOW CANT HAVE KIDS AND WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HAVE CHILDREN! AND THESE SICKOS ARE SITTING HERE KILLIN, RAPING CHILDREN IT SICKENS ME. I KNOW CHILDREN CAN BE HARD TO DEAL WITH BUT IF YOU DONT WANT YOUR CHILD ANYMORE OR CAN DEAL GIVE EM UP FOR ADOPTION TAKE EM DOWN TO SOCIAL SERVICE AND GIVE EM UP! YOU WILL FACE THOSE CONSEQUENCES BUT EVEN WORST YOU WILL FACE MY PEOPLE AND GOD BY MURDERING YOUR CHILD!
oNLY CRAZZY BLACK PEOPLE
They should put her *** in a oven and let her *** get over cooked and burn shes just unbelieveable how could you do that to your child
NO ONE DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY
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OMG! Get this chick some serious couch time. No medical condition should overide common sense. She didn't climb her azz in the microwave, so why put the baby in it.
Very disappointed that she didn't get it. Horrible.
They need to fry her azz, in the electric chair. You just don't do these types of things and live to talk about it.
"Attitude is just as important as Ability”
This is too much with the baby killing and raping. Some women are willing to give their left leg, arm, eye and whatever it take to have a child and these sick people having children and don't even appreciate the gift of God. Sad so sad.
lord have mercy... itz juzt some ol dumb *** mentally challenged ppl in dis world.. may she burn in hell how the f*ck could u microwave a f*ckin baby!! *** maniac!!
thats so *** up......she needs the d.p.
ok I have seen people do crazy stuff drunk. I myself once left my shoes in the club I was so drunk but put my child in the microwave? And the baby was only a month old? She would have done better leaving the child on some church steps, I mean that is legal and atleast the child would have a chance at life!
Dumb broad! There is a special place for her in hell!
And Da_mn the dumb dude that knocked her up! Choose better partners people! He had to know she was 51/50 when he was goin at it raw dog!
I DNT CARE HOW MUCH I HAD 2 DRINK I WOULD NEVER MURDER OR HURT MY CHILD IN ANY WAY, SOMETHING WRONG WIT DAT BIOTCH AND I HOPE THEY BEAT HER LIKE A SLAVE IN PRISON
And this byatch had a nerve to be laughing, laughing at what what the fcuk is so funny somebody need to chop her azz up and put her in the microwave and let her deep fry for about 10 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!
drunk or no drunk she knew what the hell she was doing when she stuck that baby in the microwave she couldn't have mistaken the child for a piece of chicken that you heat up, it aint know justification for this send her azz to the electric chair and let her fry!!!!!!!!!!!!
DONT WORRY, THEY WILL HAVE TO BURY HER IN A DARK HOLE,CAUSE WHEN SHE GET IN PRISON AROUND ALL THOSE WOMEN WHO CANT SEE THERE CHILDREN, SHE'S DONE!
Please stop letting these people get away with hurting innocent babies & children. God say's send those kind of people to him. Why let them live while our tax dollars pay for it. Prisons are already over crowded.
But it says here that she was sentenced to die
yes @ LOUSHARP...people like this are suppose to die...not sit up in jail.
DATS A SHAME, SHE GOIN 2 HELL IN A HAND BAG
WHAT??Thats crazy this *** should DIE!
Can someone please microwave this dizzy ***!
Black folks gettin really crazy nowadays with these kids.
Shes going to ROT in HELL
*** THATS JUST CRAZY... OH TRUST SHE WILL ROT IN HELL! *** THERE ARE SOME CRAZY *** PEOPLE!!!
I CANT WAIT TILL THEM JAILHOUSE CHICKS GET A HOLD OF HER.
Ok I just lost my breakfast. The smell, the popping sounds...God. Just the thought will haunt me for the rest of my life. She should be quartered.