Sentencing begins in Ohio microwave baby trial

By the Associated Press | May 19, 2011 | 8:13 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio jury is considering whether to recommend the death penalty for a woman convicted of murdering her infant daughter in a microwave oven.

The Dayton Daily News reports that deliberations in the sentencing phase of China Arnold's third trial began Thursday evening.

A judge in Dayton had postponed the sentencing phase on Monday to allow a mental exam of the 31-year-old woman.

The same jury found Arnold guilty of aggravated murder last week in her third trial in the August 2005 death of 28-day-old Paris Talley.

Arnold's first trial ended in a mistrial. She was found guilty in the second, but an appeals court found problems with the trial and reversed that conviction.

If the jury determines that Arnold deserves a death sentence, the judge may accept or reject the recommendation.