What a sad story, but in this instance the sentence fit the crime:
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a couple convicted of torturing to death a nine-year-old girl, including burning her with a red-hot spoon and beating her with a metal pipe, the interior ministry said.
Saudi Nashat Haji, 32, was beheaded by the sword for murdering his daughter, Khosoun, said a ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
Haji decided to “get rid of” his daughter after he became doubtful that he was her biological father from a previous marriage, the ministry said.
The Saudi Arabic-language daily Al-Watan later reported that DNA tests showed a 99.9% probability that the child was in fact his.
Actually, the beheading may have been too swift.