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Court Upholds Sentence in Baby Abandonment Case

Posted November 6, 2007 11:56 a.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2007 12:06 p.m. EST

— The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the sentence for a Rocky Mount man convicted of trying to kill his daughter to avoid paying child support will stand.

A Nash County jury found Theodore Pittman guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping on Ju 2003.

Authorities said Pittman left his 6-week-old daughter, Key'ora Battle, in a remote, unheated shed in 30-degree weather. Battle survived the ordeal. A judge sentenced Pittman to at least 30 years in prison.

The case went to the State Supreme Court, then back to the Appeals Court. The court ruled Pittman was not unfairly sentenced – the aggravating factor was the age of the victim.