A father of two will spend a minimum of 22 years in jail after being found guilty of the murder of two-year-old Madison Horn.
Kevin Park, who inflicted dozens of injuries on his then girlfriend’s daughter while babysitting, was told he had committed a crime "wicked beyond all imagining".
It was then revealed that Park had 38 previous convictions, including a number for violence
The court had heard Madison suffered at least 65 injuries while in Park’s care at her home in Kelty, Fife, on April 20.
They included a fractured skull, internal bleeding and tearing to her liver. Park battered Madison’s head off a wall at least twice and punched and stamped on her. Prosecutors believe he may have also used a broken pool cue in the attack.
Park, who denied murder, claimed Madison had fallen off a bed when it collapsed.
The court heard Park moved in with Madison’s mother, Annemarie White, shortly before the murder.
Det Ch Insp Scott Cunningham, of Police Scotland, said: "What Park did to a defenceless child is unimaginable, despicable and beyond any understanding."