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Man gets 56 years in jail for punching and kicking a toddler to death

Daniel Vega (booking photo)

26-year-old Daniel Vega was sentenced Wednesday in a Torrance courtroom to 56 years in prison for the 2011 murder of a toddler, reports the Daily Breeze.

Said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Steven Van Sicklen:

"Your conduct was as vicious, sadistic, as depraved, as cruel and as inhuman as anything I have ever seen in my life, which includes 14 years on the bench, hearing the most serious cases to come in this county." 

The 2-year-old victim was the son of Vegas' girlfriend Marisa Mendoza.

Mendoza left her son, Gabriel Dominguez, in Vega's care while running errands and returned to her Lomita apartment to find the man gone and her child dead, tucked in bed, with more than 100 kicking and beating bruises to his midsection, according to reports.

Mendoza lost custody of her two older children.