Paris Talley
August 2, 2005 - August 30, 2005
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Paris Talley lived for only about a month before a fight her mother had with her boyfriend, Terrell Talley, over if he was the biological father of her or not, lead China Arnold to put her baby into the microwave and cook her to death. Of course since China claims to have been drunk at the time, that makes it okay, right?

Paris live with her mother, father and siblings at the time of her death. With her death being ruled a homicide caused by hypothermia, or in this case, a high body temperature, no outside marks on her body ruled out things such as open flame, scalding or a heating pad. Having taken her daughter to the hospital, China was under suspicion when the baby died the next day due to her injuries. China was originally arrested and then later let go due to lack of evidence. China denied over and over that she had hurt Paris in any way.

China would get three trials for what she did to Paris. The first would end in a mistrial. The second trial would provide a conviction and China Arnold being sentenced to life in prison for killer her 28 day old daughter. However, that ruling would be over turned by the 2nd District Ohio Court Of Appeals in Dayton who ruled that China should go free. Apparently, the ruling was overturned due to allegations of Prosecution misconduct including claims that they hid witnesses, ignored court orders and subverted the judicial process resulted in a mistrial.

At one point, another child was blamed for placing the baby into the microwave. It was later proven that the boy who had been accused wasn't even there the night that China got drunk and put Paris into the microwave, turned it on and cooked her baby to death.

China was expected to be granted a third trial and in May of 2011, once again, China was sentenced to life in
prison without parole. A jury took about six hours to deliberate and came back with the guilty verdict. Earlier
that same week, China had been undergoing mental evaluations. Two Psychologist testified at the trial that China
was not suffering from any form of mental illness. DISGUSTINGLY, China's defense said that she had been so
drunk at the time that she should not be convicted. Of course people who supported China claimed that her case
was a result of racism and her lawyer, Jon Paul Rion, claims there are witnesses who know she is innocent.

Paris was buried in the West Memory Graden cemetery in the baby section.


UPDATE:

Today is June 16, 2014 and while searching for updates for Paris, I found the following information:

In September of 2013 it ws reported that after the first trial ended with a mistrial in February of 2008, then in a second trial in September of 2008, she was found guilty, though the conviction was reversed after an appeal found that there were mistakes in the trial. In May of 2011, China Arnold was convicted of aggravate murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In her 2008 trial, China was quoted as having said:

"I killed my baby. I wrapped her up. Put her in the microwave. I turned the microwave on and
I went outside. She right right in"

China wanted a fourth trial.

September 18, 2103

CBS) DAYTON, Ohio - An attorney for China Arnold, an Ohio mother serving a life sentence for murdering her 28-day-old-daughter by placing her in the microwave and "cooking" her in August 2005, argued Tuesday for a new trial, which would be her fourth in the case, reports CBS affiliate WHIO.

Defense attorney Christopher Thompson argued in Ohio's Second District Court of Appeals that there were five errors made in Arnold's latest trial and that she should get another trial without death penalty specifications.

Arnold, 33, was already tried three times, with the death penalty a possibility each time, in the murder of her daughter, Paris Talley. Her first trial in February 2008 ended in a mistrial and her second trial ended in September 2008 when she was found guilty but the jury could not decide on the death penalty. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman imposed a sentence of life in prison, but that decision ultimately was overturned on appeal in November 2010.

Arnold's third trial ended in May 2011 when she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury did not vote for the death penalty.

In December of 2013, Ohio's Second District Court Of Appeals rejected the appeal. Judge Jeffrey M. Welbaum is the judge who wrote the decision after he, Judge Michael T. Hall and Judge Mike Fain all ruled against each of the five arguments that had been filed in the appeal:

"This defendant was found guilty by 24 jurors during two separate jury trials. We are pleased
with today's decision affirming this defendants conviction and hope this will bring some finality
to this tragic case in which a 28 day old baby girl was murdered in a microwave oven"
Mat Heck Jr. - Prosecutor

A summary said: The trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing in to instruct the jury on Reckless Homicide, because the evidence presented at trial would not reasonably support both an acquitting of Aggravated Murder and a conviction upon the lesser included offense of Reckless Homicide.


Death Occurred in the state of Ohio

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