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Ohio executes inmate convicted of killing girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter while raping her

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    FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows 46-year-old Steve Smith. Smith is set to be executed by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the state prison in Lucasville, in southern Ohio, for the death of a 6-month-old baby while she was being raped in Mansfield in northern Ohio in 1998. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Kaylee Bashline, left, and Kesha Frye stand inside the Ohio state prison in Lucasville, Ohio following the execution of Steve Smith Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Smith was convicted and sentenced to death for killing Frye's six-month-old daughter while raping her in 1998. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers) (The Associated Press)

Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-month-old girl while raping her has been executed despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her.

Steve Smith was executed at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville after his pleas for mercy were denied.

The 46-year-old was convicted of aggravated murder in the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield.

Smith had tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize his assault was killing Autumn and that he didn't mean to hurt her.

The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich rejected his pleas.

Smith became the 51st inmate put to death in Ohio since it resumed executions in 1999.

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