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Thursday, May 18, 2017

One Less Baby-Killer in Ohio

     On the night of September 29, 1988, in the northern Ohio town of Mansfield, 31-year-old Steve Smith walked into his live-in girlfriend's bedroom carrying her six-month-old daughter. Smith was nude and had been drinking. The lifeless infant in his arms bore bruises and cuts.

     Kesha Frye took her daughter to a neighbor's house where she called 911. At the hospital doctors tried for an hour to revive Autumn Frye before pronouncing the baby dead. An autopsy revealed that the infant had been raped.

     A year after his arrest, Steve Smith went on trial for aggravated murder. On the advice of his attorneys, the defendant did not take the stand on his own behalf. The jury found him guilty as charged, and the judge sentenced him to death.

     On April 2, 2013, after living twelve years on death row, Smith appeared before the Ohio Parole Board that was considering his petition to reduce  his sentence to life. Smith admitted raping the infant, but said he hadn't intended to kill her. The parole board and Governor John Kasich denied Smith's motion for a life sentence.

     At ten-thirty in the morning of May 1, 2013, the Ohio executioner at the state prison in Lucasville injected a lethal dose of pentobarbital into the body of the 46-year-old prisoner. Steve Smith's 20-year-old daughter and a handful of others watched him go. If the baby-killer made a statement before the pentobarbital got into his system, his last words have not escaped the prison. 


  1. Something is fishy with this case and I don't believe that Smith killed the baby or hurt her in any way. I also think that Kesha is lying about the death of her child and the man who had a alcohol level of .123 and there was NO semen found on the baby at all, something is wrong here and I know Steven did not murder this baby, plus there is convicting stories with Smith and Kesha, something don't add up here.

  2. I've always been confused about one thing!! There's no way in hell that, that baby's mother slept thru the hell that he put the baby thru. She had to have been screaming her head off in excruciating pain. Also, after reading Kellys comment above mine, it's the first time I've heard that there was no semen found on the baby. If there was no semen then I believe she's correct, there's is more to this story!!

  3. Rapists do not always ejaculate. A lack of seminal fluid does not mean that rape did not occur. As for the baby screaming, the monster could have easily stifled her. I am normally not in favor of the death penalty, but in a case like this...