A man's been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend's 23 month old daughter.
Roxie Archer died from devastating brain injuries after being left in the care of Ben Raftery at her home in Ashton Under Lyne.
Roxie's mum Sophie was away on holiday in New York at the time.
Outside court, she said Raftery was evil and controlling. Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reports:-
– Detective Superintendent Denise Worth, GMP Major Incident Team
Roxie was a two-year-old little girl who should have felt safe in her own home in the care of Raftery.
“He abused his position of trust and subjected an innocent toddler to an attack which left her with an un-survivable head injury.
“We will never know exactly what happened on that day, as Raftery has always maintained that it was an accident.
“He has now been jailed, and will have to live the rest of his life with the knowledge that he is responsible for killing Roxie.”
Ben Raftery has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of toddler Roxie Archer from Tameside. He'll serve a minimum of 18 years.
Members of Roxie's family were in court as the verdict was read out.
Ben Raftery has been jailed for life for the murder of 23 month old Roxie Archer. He will serve a minimum of 18 years.
Roxie's mother Sophie clung to her daughter's doll as the verdict was read out, whilst family members gasped and hugged one another.
The jury heard Roxie died from a brain injury after being 'repeatedly punched' by Ben Raftery, who told emergency services she fell.
A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend's daughter in Ashton-under-Lyne last year. 23-month-old Roxie Archer died hours after her mother left her in the care of her then-boyfriend Ben Raftery. He's due to be sentenced this afternoon.