March 26th, 2008
07:06 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Short… but not exactly sweet

A shorter post today as I have a few other projects I’m working on, but a little something is still better than nothing!

An update on a story that made me ill when I first read it last year; tough to forget the young father accused of microwaving his infant daughter. Today, Joshua Mauldin was sentenced to 25 years in prison, after being convicted of felony injury to a child. Mauldin claimed he was insane when he punched his then 2-month-old daughter before putting her in a hotel room safe, then a refrigerator, and finally in the microwave which he turned ON for 20 seconds. The little girl suffered second and third degree burns and ultimately lost part of her left ear. Her foster mother says Ana – now 1 – screams each day when her wounds have to be cleaned, and is in physical therapy five days a week.

Mauldin could have been sentenced to life. See here:

Fighting (again!) about who should take the trash out or walk the dog? Relax, those squabbles may be good for you. A recent study found couples who let it out are healthier than those who keep it all bottled up. Women especially can benefit from expressing their anger and frustration. But don’t think this is your OK to nitpick – experts also recommend a healthy dose of humor goes a long way.

Another healthy lifestyle move? Slimming down… but not just for the usual reasons. Turns out, avoiding that spare tire can also help stave off dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Check out the article.

-Erica Hill, 360 Correspondent

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. JayM32

    A solution to the guy in TX who microwaved his baby daughter: sterilize him. Anyone in favor of leaving open the possibility that he will microwave any future children??

    March 27, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  2. EJ - Ohio

    There was a woman here in Ohio who did the same thing to her baby – and the baby died. I believe the woman was sentenced a few weeks ago.

    I just can't read those types of stories anymore. It's just unthinkable and extremely sad. I honestly don't click on certain links anymore because of the insanity of it. People just do so many sick things and it's even more horrific when they do it to babies and children.

    Re: the couples fighting

    I don't have a boyfriend/husband now so I just fight with the pundits on TV. I'm not sure if that's healthy or not.

    March 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  3. Franky

    You know, I notice I hardly write to Erica. Don't worry Erica, I got you...

    For the record, I ain't showing my little nieces that "Bimbo" game! They know they better play "Hello Kitty" as far as I'm concerned....LOL!!!!

    March 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  4. erica hilll

    Lorie Ann, maybe we'll get a little humor tonight! I'm heading over to the live blog now... keep your fingers crossed 🙂

    March 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  5. Gabriel "Big Dawg" Dabolt

    This is reminiscant of the fat teenager from clarke county Ga who masked her pregnancy under a fat body and then birthed the child at home one day. The next day the girl's father found it when he was investigating what the buzzards were after in his back yard. It is all very sickening.
    This just happened maybe two weeks ago.

    March 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  6. Genevieve M, TX


    The guy putting his daughter into the microwave and then turning it on reminds me of a scene from the movie "Gremlins". In that movie, a gremlin monster is chased into a microwave, microwave is turned on, monster spins round and round, and then the creature explodes in the microwave from being cooked.

    Anyway, I think that guy got off too easy, his sentence is barely a handslap.

    March 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  7. Lilibeth

    Hi Erica,

    Mauldin should have been sentenced for life. What he did was beyond unspeakable. There are no words to describe the cruelty of his actions.

    A balance of fair fighting and humor is good in any relationship. Both men and women need to speak up and be able to ask for what they want to get their needs met. I know bottling up feelings is not good...they can explode one day...

    I guess being slim is good all around...it's good for us not only physically but mentally as well.

    And don't worry about your posts being short. They're always good and we love to hear from you...wish I can say the same of your friend over there who no longer blogs (yes, you have my permission to hit him...LOL!)

    See you tonight!

    Edmonds, Washington

    March 26, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  8. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Hi Erica,
    Fighting or squabbles? After reading 803 posts about Hillary today on the ac360 blog, I have only a few words...There's an awful lot of people taking the advice of this study..I'm still waiting for the healthy dose of humor part...

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    March 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  9. Ruby Coria, LA., CA.

    Erica, I know how crime against anyone and more so on a child really impacts you, the update is going to be tough. With a story like that one how dumb we look fighting over taking out trash n stuff. Erica I think that by keeping our minds healthy we could avoid such madness. By the way great job with Randi. (speaking of madness. UCLA.)

    March 26, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  10. Jay Nash

    I wonder if there is a microwave large enough to hold Mauldin. Twenty minutes might be a better punishment than twenty years. Then we might cool him off with cold saltwater.

    March 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm |