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:-
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.