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Man jailed for murdering girlfriend's child

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:-


Police: 'we will never know exactly what happened'

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.”

– Detective Superintendent Denise Worth, GMP Major Incident Team