Mom wouldn't microwave baby, witness says

Nov. 29, 2006 at 2:15 PM

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A family member is defending an Ohio woman accused of microwaving her infant daughter, saying the woman "wouldn't do something like this."

During arraignment, a niece said China Arnold wanted the baby girl and could not do such a thing, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News said Wednesday. The 3 1/2-week-old died in August 2005.

"She's a mother. A mother wouldn't do something like this to her child," Malkia Johnson, 20, said of Arnold.

Bond was set at $1 million on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Paris Talley.

Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion sought a lesser bond, saying Arnold, 26, did not leave the Dayton area in the 15 months since the infant's death, that she has three young sons -- now living with relatives -- and is working while attending community college.

"We believe China is completely innocent of these charges," Rion said outside of the courtroom Tuesday. "We believe this is a guess on behalf of the police. We believe that once the police hear the full story, she'll be acquitted by a jury."

Arnold's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison