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September 21, 2014

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Court rejects claim of Las Vegas child abuser

A federal appeals court has rejected the claim of a Las Vegas man who says he was mentally unstable when he pleaded guilty to slitting the wrist and throat of his 8-year-old daughter.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the records in District Court show Kenneth Patrick Hibbler was not under any powerful antipsychotic drug when he agreed to plead guilty to one count of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm and a sentence of five to 15 years.

Authorities said the daughter had her wrist slashed one time and her throat cut twice by a razor in 2003. She survived but has disfiguring scars on her neck.

The Circuit Court backed findings by state courts that Hibbler was mentally competent when he entered into the plea agreement.

Hibbler was released from prison on parole in April 2011 and has completed his full sentence in January this year.

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