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Execution date approaches for an Ohio man convicted of child abuse

When a disagreement in Ohio arises at home, family members can react in a variety of ways. Some people are capable of having an open conversation and arrive at an amenable conclusion without consequence. Others may engage in a more heated argument as they attempt to express their viewpoint. Still, some resort to physical violence and the victims, whether they are adults or children, can suffer a great deal at the hands of their abusers.

An Ohio man has been tried and sentenced for child abuse and the murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993, and after spending several years in a state prison, he is scheduled to be put to death. A Southern Ohio Correctional Facility warden, however, recently stated that the prison in which the man is slated to be executed in does not have an adequate supply of pentobarbital, the drug traditionally used for lethal injections, for the upcoming execution. The prison is reportedly using a mixture of other untested drugs instead.

The man’s attorneys are requesting that his sentence be reconsidered. They stated that as a child he suffered physical abuse including beatings and rape at the hands of his father, the same behavior he inflicted on his girlfriend’s late daughter. The child died after a long period of physical abuse and the state is not changing the man’s sentence.

A person convicted of domestic violence charges can suffer a number of consequences, including incarceration, and in this case, capital punishment. Not all family disagreements lead to physical violence, but there are cases when people may act irrationally and behave in ways they may regret later. When people endure abuse, or even if a person is wrongfully accused of abusing others, it may be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney.

Source: The Washington Times, “Ohio: child killer to get untried 2-drug lethal injection,” Andrew Welsh-Huggins

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