- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for beating his 2-year-old niece to death while she was staying at his Hudson Valley home.

An Ulster County Court judge sentenced 44-year-old Joseph Rodriguez on Monday for killing Asia Perez.

The girl was found bludgeoned to death behind the New Paltz home of Joseph and Dalia Rodriquez on June 20, 2012. Prosecutors say Joseph Rodriguez killed the toddler after she wet her diaper.

The girl was from the Dominican Republic and had been staying with Rodriguez and his wife since the previous February.

Rodriguez had previously been convicted of killing a 29-year-old woman in 1992.

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