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SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County man has been sentenced to 31 years to life in state prison for beating an 18-month-old girl to death and abusing another child.

The district attorney’s office says 27-year-old Juan Carlos Aguilar of Santa Ana was sentenced Friday for the murder of his girlfriend’s niece.

A jury found Aguilar guilty of murder, assault on a child, and child abuse in August.

In July 2011, Aguilar shared an apartment with his girlfriend and their 3-year-old daughter, his girlfriend’s sister and her baby.

When they were alone, Aguilar assaulted the baby, giving her bruises, lacerations, and injuring her lungs, liver and brain. The baby was pronounced dead at a hospital.

During the investigation, prosecutors learned that Aguilar abused another child in 2009, who survived similar injuries.

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