"Microwave Mom" Waives Right to Speedy Trial

Woman waives right to speedy trial in microwave-baby case

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A woman authorities suspect of killing her infant daughter by putting her in a microwave oven waived her constitutional right to a speedy trial after her attorney said he would need more time to prepare a thorough defense.

Twenty-six-year-old China Arnold of Dayton appeared before Judge Jack Davis, who accepted her signed waivers. Under speedy-trial guidelines, Arnold could have gone to trial by the end of February.

Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion told the judge the case is complex, he is still gathering facts about it, and that experts need to be contacted and their testimony scheduled.

Davis didn't set a trial date.

Arnold showed no emotion during her brief appearance in court.