Mom to be tried in baby's microwave d...

Mom to be tried in baby's microwave death

There are 85 comments on the WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg story from Feb 22, 2012, titled Mom to be tried in baby's microwave death. In it, WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg reports that:

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother accused of burning her baby to death in a microwave will face a jury trial.

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#1 Feb 22, 2012
>"I believe, given the state of the law, that there is no evidence really to support that this killing occurred for purposes of inflicting pain," said defense attorney Linda Parisi.

>"It's a difficult argument to make....

Yes, particularly since the microwave oven which burned the baby alive was only set to "Defrost."

Had the mother wanted to inflict pain she would have set it for "Popcorn."

Right, counselor?

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#2 Feb 22, 2012
These people shouldn't even be allowed a trial by jury, send them to prison for life or better yet, a microwave death.

Since: Jul 07

Burnaby, Canada

#3 Feb 22, 2012
A human baby is probably the only "mammal" she hasn't yet tried to eat.

“Don't Tread on Me!”

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#4 Feb 22, 2012
This isn't Offbeat Weird News, this is freaking ghastly! Horrific! Is there a Horrifying News forum? Oh my God.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#5 Feb 22, 2012
Too inhuman to qualify for human. Pare that animal down with a dull ax! Piece at a time,.. until she's small enough to put in a microwave.

One thing, the state won't have to worry about capital punishment, once she's in the big house, other women will take care of the problem.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

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#6 Feb 23, 2012
On occasion, a person with epilepsy or some cognitive decline will get confused and make mistakes. So this really could be an accident, as tragic as it is. Lets say someone has a chemical imbalance and/or cognitive issues, and they are asked to do 2 complex tasks. They may transpose some of the steps or confuse the activities. So the mom puts the baby bottle in the crib and the baby in the microwave. It isn't malicious, just stupidity at the moment.

Sadly, this is not the only incident of this sort. Here are the typical "reasons" this happens:

1. Confusion or neurological issues. The mom may sincerely think she is doing the right thing. If this is that type of mix-up, there would be evidence of other f**k-ups, like putting food in the crib to cook it. Sometimes the court takes their neurological problems into account, and sometimes they don't, despite any ability of the person to control it, and despite any lack of malice or premeditation.

2. Bad parenting and stupidity in general. A mom may think that placing a wet baby in a microwave may dry them faster than a towel, not realizing this will harm them. Yes, some are *this* stupid. "I only put them in there a minute!" These kinds shouldn't have kids.

3. Anger, jealousy. A man was guilty of putting a baby in a microwave. Luckily, she didn't die. I cannot recall whether the baby did something he didn't like or if it was to get back at the mother.

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#7 Feb 23, 2012
Purple Gurl wrote:
On occasion, a person with epilepsy or some cognitive decline will get confused and make mistakes. So this really could be an accident, as tragic as it is. Lets say someone has a chemical imbalance and/or cognitive issues, and they are asked to do 2 complex tasks. They may transpose some of the steps or confuse the activities. So the mom puts the baby bottle in the crib and the baby in the microwave. It isn't malicious, just stupidity at the moment.
Sadly, this is not the only incident of this sort. Here are the typical "reasons" this happens:
1. Confusion or neurological issues. The mom may sincerely think she is doing the right thing. If this is that type of mix-up, there would be evidence of other f**k-ups, like putting food in the crib to cook it. Sometimes the court takes their neurological problems into account, and sometimes they don't, despite any ability of the person to control it, and despite any lack of malice or premeditation.
2. Bad parenting and stupidity in general. A mom may think that placing a wet baby in a microwave may dry them faster than a towel, not realizing this will harm them. Yes, some are *this* stupid. "I only put them in there a minute!" These kinds shouldn't have kids.
3. Anger, jealousy. A man was guilty of putting a baby in a microwave. Luckily, she didn't die. I cannot recall whether the baby did something he didn't like or if it was to get back at the mother.
If there is neurological disfunction significant enough to cause someone to place a baby in a microwave oven then it should be readily apparent. If someone has an IQ of 35 or a brain scan shows some abnormality, then yes, this could used as a defense.

"Seizures" don't normally cause people to perform extreme acts. Could there be a "chemical imbalance"? I most certainly believe that human beings are chemically based and most extreme behaviors are based on chemical imbalances, but right now there is no medical way to prove that. Until science can tap into those "chemicals and hormones" and understand their relationship to behavior, then the law has no alternative than to go on the theory of right vs. wrong.

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#8 Feb 23, 2012
PayThat CEO wrote:
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If there is neurological disfunction significant enough to cause someone to place a baby in a microwave oven then it should be readily apparent. If someone has an IQ of 35 or a brain scan shows some abnormality, then yes, this could used as a defense.
"Seizures" don't normally cause people to perform extreme acts. Could there be a "chemical imbalance"? I most certainly believe that human beings are chemically based and most extreme behaviors are based on chemical imbalances, but right now there is no medical way to prove that. Until science can tap into those "chemicals and hormones" and understand their relationship to behavior, then the law has no alternative than to go on the theory of right vs. wrong.
I hope you are right. I was afraid those twitchy LeRoy girls might start microwaving babies.

“....VETS”

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#9 Feb 23, 2012
bet they don't share your humor

“Towards Spring”

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#10 Feb 23, 2012
Paisley_Posey wrote:
This isn't Offbeat Weird News, this is freaking ghastly! Horrific! Is there a Horrifying News forum? Oh my God.
I agree - put here for the shock factor.

“....VETS”

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#11 Feb 23, 2012
Grace Nerissa wrote:
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I agree - put here for the shock factor.
good morn Madame Grace

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Since: Feb 11

and dog's drool :-)

#12 Feb 23, 2012
There use to be a time that you could trust women, only men were considered predators. I would tell my kids, if you get lost, find a woman, she will see to your safety.
Now in the last 30 years women have joined the ranks of serial killers, homicidal maniacs, and perverts. I find that sad.
I always believed a woman instinct was to protect a child .....

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#13 Feb 23, 2012
tallyho wrote:
bet they don't share your humor
Too soon? Or because they keep it all for themselves?

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#14 Feb 23, 2012
This woman must be mentally ill.

“Where DO missing socks go?”

Since: Jun 11

They run away to join the show

#15 Feb 23, 2012
Purple Gurl wrote:
On occasion, a person with epilepsy or some cognitive decline will get confused and make mistakes. So this really could be an accident, as tragic as it is. Lets say someone has a chemical imbalance and/or cognitive issues, and they are asked to do 2 complex tasks. They may transpose some of the steps or confuse the activities. So the mom puts the baby bottle in the crib and the baby in the microwave. It isn't malicious, just stupidity at the moment.
Sadly, this is not the only incident of this sort. Here are the typical "reasons" this happens:
1. Confusion or neurological issues. The mom may sincerely think she is doing the right thing. If this is that type of mix-up, there would be evidence of other f**k-ups, like putting food in the crib to cook it. Sometimes the court takes their neurological problems into account, and sometimes they don't, despite any ability of the person to control it, and despite any lack of malice or premeditation.
2. Bad parenting and stupidity in general. A mom may think that placing a wet baby in a microwave may dry them faster than a towel, not realizing this will harm them. Yes, some are *this* stupid. "I only put them in there a minute!" These kinds shouldn't have kids.
3. Anger, jealousy. A man was guilty of putting a baby in a microwave. Luckily, she didn't die. I cannot recall whether the baby did something he didn't like or if it was to get back at the mother.
If a 'chemical imbalance' becomes a loophole to get someone off from a crime then prescription drug or alcohol use can be argued to cause a 'chemical imbalance'

For that matter the so called 'twinkie defense' was a 'chemical imbalance' argument caused by sugar.

If you want to put those in a separate category than I would say we should put chemically imbalanced criminals to sleep as kindly as we do a rabid dog since rabies cause their 'chemical imbalance'

In this case as I recall the mothr claimed God told her to do it.

Should we let her slide on a freedom of religion argument?

“Towards Spring”

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#16 Feb 23, 2012
tallyho wrote:
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good morn Madame Grace
Good EVENING 'now' Tally..lol

Hoping you are well:

Good to see you.

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#17 Feb 23, 2012
-Topicks Puppet Show- wrote:
<quoted text>If a 'chemical imbalance' becomes a loophole to get someone off from a crime then prescription drug or alcohol use can be argued to cause a 'chemical imbalance'
For that matter the so called 'twinkie defense' was a 'chemical imbalance' argument caused by sugar.
If you want to put those in a separate category than I would say we should put chemically imbalanced criminals to sleep as kindly as we do a rabid dog since rabies cause their 'chemical imbalance'
In this case as I recall the mothr claimed God told her to do it.
Should we let her slide on a freedom of religion argument?
Interesting post -

Excellent points.

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#18 Feb 23, 2012
This same thing happened in Ohio. A woman microwaved her newborn, tried to say the neighbor kids did it while she was (passed out) omg! But after 3 different trials she was convicted..

Hopefully justice was served....

“Where DO missing socks go?”

Since: Jun 11

They run away to join the show

#19 Feb 23, 2012
Grace Nerissa wrote:
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Interesting post -
Excellent points.
Thank you but to be honest I don't know what to think of some of these things.

I have no doubt that some things like post partum depression are beyond individual control but I don't know how we are supposed to respond as a society.

This mother and the mother that killed her children in Texas may very well have been depressed and delusional with their religious beliefs but we can't lock up every depressed person or when we think ones religious beliefs have gone too far into delusion in order to prevent these acts.

We certainly can't allow the behavior to go unpunsihed as that will become the excuse for others.

If you go the insanity route then they avoid punishment. I'm not heartless but if the state doesn't step in then she could very well repeat the act even if it was post partum depression as she could very well have another child.

To me it isn't about revenge but solving the problem and it's a tough one.

If we are to make a mistake I prefer to err in favor of the child.

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#20 Feb 23, 2012
Fish_sticks wrote:
There use to be a time that you could trust women, only men were considered predators. I would tell my kids, if you get lost, find a woman, she will see to your safety.
Now in the last 30 years women have joined the ranks of serial killers, homicidal maniacs, and perverts. I find that sad.
I always believed a woman instinct was to protect a child .....
Yeah, women are so much gentler. Queen Mary I, Belle Gunness, Mary Ann Cotton, Llse Koch, Irma Grese, Elizabeth Bathory were all evil, more than 30yrs ago. It does seem like there are more now though. Is the world more depraved or do we just see more with the pervasive media attention or both?

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