Guilty verdict in microwave baby killing

May 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

DAYTON, Ohio, May 14 (UPI) -- The Ohio jury that convicted a woman of killing her baby daughter in a microwave oven must now decide whether to sentence her to death.

The penalty phase of China Arnold's trial is scheduled to begin Monday, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported. Jurors found her guilty Friday of aggravated murder.

Paris Talley was 28 days old when she died in the microwave in Arnold's Dayton apartment in August 2005.

The trial was Arnold's third. The first ended in a mistrial when a 5-year-old boy came forward during the proceedings and said he saw another child put the baby in the oven. She was convicted in the second trial but an appeals court overturned the verdict, ruling testimony from a former cell mate should not have been allowed.

The jury at the second trial was unable to agree on the penalty so she received a life sentence.

A gag order barred lawyers from both sides from commenting on the verdict.

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