Ohio Man Who Forced Sex On 6-Month-Old Baby Executed
An Ohio man who committed an unimaginable crime of murdering a 6-month-old baby girl as he forced sex on her 15 years ago was finally executed in Ohio yesterday before a crowd that included his family and the mother of the child he violated over a decade ago.
via Fox News
One family wept loudly and another family cheered Wednesday as a man was executed for killing a 6-month-old as he forced sex on her.
Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville in southern Ohio for the 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend’s daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield.
Smith had recently tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize that his assault was killing Autumn and that he didn’t mean to hurt her. The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich turned him down unanimously.
In the 25 minutes between when Smith walked into the death chamber flanked by prison guards and when the lethal injection killed him, his only child, 21-year-old Brittney, and his niece sobbed and shook with grief.
Smith declined to say any last words, then looked at Brittney sitting behind a pane of glass.
As the lethal injection began, Smith took several heavy breaths before he closed his eyes. He was pronounced dead at 10:29 a.m.
Less than 3 feet away from Brittney and separated by a wall, Autumn’s mother — Kesha Frye — watched Smith quietly. After he was dead, Frye’s sister pumped her fists in the air.
“I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope he burns in hell,” Frye said surrounded by her family after the execution.
This story is so sad and disgusting. We’re glad this family got at least some form of justice.
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