Death Penalty

Child Rapist Steve Smith Executed in Ohio

Argued he never meant to hurt six-month-old he raped


A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her.

Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection for the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield in northern Ohio. He was pronounced dead at 10:29 a.m.