Ohio set to execute man in baby girl’s death

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death-row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a 6-month-old baby girl he raped spent his last hours in emotional visits with family and eating his last meal while listening to a Cincinnati Reds game.

Steve Smith is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at the state prison in southern Ohio at 10 a.m. for the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend’s infant daughter, Autumn Carter.

The 46-year-old only recently admitted to the killing but also says he was too drunk during the assault to realize he was killing Autumn.

A prison spokeswoman said Smith visited with his only child, a 21-year-old daughter, and niece on Wednesday morning.

His last meal on Tuesday night was pizza, fried fish, chocolate ice cream and soda.

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