A parole board has rejected a plea for mercy by a condemned man who says he intended to rape his girlfriend's six-month-old daughter but not to kill her.
The Ohio Parole Board recommended unanimously that Governor John Kasich allow the execution of Steven Smith to proceed next month in the US.
"Smith took the life of an innocent six-month-old infant while using the baby to sexually gratify himself," the board said. "It is hard to fathom a crime more repulsive or reprehensible in character. It is clearly among the worst of the worst."