Mom told investigators she was too drunk to know how baby died
China Arnold is accused of killing her 3½-week-old daughter by putting her in a microwave oven.
By Lou Grieco
Friday, July 20, 2007
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DAYTON — China Arnold told investigators she was so intoxicated the night before her baby died, she didn't know what caused the infant's fatal burns.
"If I just hadn't gotten so drunk, I guess my baby wouldn't have died," Arnold told Dayton police Detective Mike Galbraith, according to his testimony Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Arnold, 27, is charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty. She is accused of killing her 3½-week-old daughter, Paris Talley, by putting her in a microwave oven.
The hearing before Judge John Kessler concerned efforts by Arnold's attorneys to keep a jury from hearing statements Arnold made and to attack the reasons police used to arrest her at her home, 3612 E. Second St., on Nov. 27, 2006.
Kessler ruled that Arnold's statements made Aug. 30, 2005, the day Paris died, were admissible. He said he would rule later on other issues. Arnold's attorney, Jon Paul Rion, attacked grounds Galbraith cited as probable cause: that Arnold admitted committing the offense to Galbraith and that DNA evidence established she committed the crime.
Under questioning by Rion, Galbraith acknowledged Arnold never stated that she put the baby in the microwave. But Galbraith said her statement about her drunkenness, along with her statements that she was the only adult in the house at the time and her other children were asleep, amounted to an admission.
Galbraith acknowledged the DNA evidence, found on the roof of the oven, showed the victim's identity but not who put her inside it.
Wow that is pretty fucking drunk...