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Ohio man loses challenge in toddler's kidnapping

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of rape, kidnapping and attempted murder in the 2007 case of a toddler taken from her bedroom and later found in a ditch has lost a challenge to his life sentence.

A three-judge panel with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling regarding 50-year-old Randy Dillon of Zanesville.

Dillon argued that he wasn't able to present a complete defense at trial and that his conviction was based on insufficient evidence.

The judges disagreed, ruling that Dillon got a fair trial and that there was evidence the toddler had been raped. Of the attempted murder charge, the judges say leaving the toddler in a ditch on a winter night could reasonably constitute a significant step toward committing murder.

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