China Arnold is a monster, plain and simple—a thing of nightmare, capable of deplorable deeds.
The story takes place in Ohio in 2005. China Arnold was 27 years old at the time, and already had a couple kids. Her daughter Paris was her most recent child. Paris was only 28 days old when China shoved the infant in her microwave. China turned the appliance on and let her own daughter roast for over two minutes before taking her out.
China’s motivation was as pathetic as they come. According to an inmate named Linda Williams with whom China had a relationship with in jail, China said that she and her boyfriend, Terrell Talley, got into an argument about who Paris’ father really was that night. They’d been drinking which led to an uncomfortable and escalating conversation about fidelity. Talley had apparently threatened to dump China, so China said she popped her baby in the microwave.
“She said she just fit right in,” Williams testified.
It’s not clear how China’s liquor-addled brain figured this would all work out. Perhaps she presumed that with the baby out of the picture, her relationship would return to normal. Perhaps she thought the gag would convince Talley to take responsibility for the child. Or perhaps, China Arnold is simply a total garbage person and it’s as simple as that.
The next day, China took her daughter to a hospital. She died shortly thereafter. The baby had no external burns, but her internal organs had reaches temperatures of 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
The trial was complicated by the fact that Talley’s son claimed that he had found the baby, dead, after a neighbor kid put the baby in the microwave. However, that boy’s mother was able to prove her son was not at the apartment complex where the couple lived that day. China was sentenced to life in prison in 2011.