He pleaded no contest to first degree murder
Eric Edward Foster was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Tuesday morning for the murder of Trinity Monique Hanna.
Foster, 28, pleaded no contest in January to first-degree murder in the beating death of the three-year-old girl in 2012.
Foster was also ordered to pay $350 in fines and restitution.
He was arrested on January 25, 2012, about 12 hours after Trinity's mother, Angela, drove her to a Bakersfield hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Angela Hanna is serving a 10-year sentence for child cruelty.
Foster was originally charged with torture, lewd and lascivious acts with a child with the use of force and other counts, but they were dismissed last month as part of a plea agreement.
The Kern County Coroner ruled that Trinity died of blunt force trauma to her head and abdomen and suffered many other injuries.
A month before her death, the little girl was treated for burns to her back from scalding water, injuries allegedly inflicted by Foster.