A MONSTER today admitted murdering his partner's two-year-old daughter after kicking and stomping her to death.
Grace Thorpe suffered a broken jaw, a broken leg, a bleed on her brain, and bruising to her face and body after the horrific attack.
The toddler was beaten to death by her mum's partner Adam Jackson at her home in New Marske last November.
He then left stricken Grace seriously injured before finally calling paramedics.
The tot was rushed to hospital but couldn't be saved and died two days later from her injuries.
Shockingly, tests after her tragic death revealed she had been exposed to regular contact with cocaine and cannabis.
Grace was also seen with bruises on her body and face in the weeks leading up to her murder.
Jackson, 27, had pleaded not guilty to murder but changed his plea at Teesside Crown Court today.
Police were scrambled to the home on November 11 last year following reports of an injured child.
Grace was taken to hospital in a critical condition but passed away on November 13.
In a statement, her mum Alice said previously "Our beautiful little girl has been gone over a week now and it feels like time has just stood still.
"Her beautiful, bright blue eyes and smile will never leave our minds.
"She made such an impact on everybody. Grace was the most amazing, kind, funny and sassy daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter.
"You will never leave our hearts princess and we will speak about you every day. Your memory will always be kept alive.
"Thank you to everyone for their support and help during this extremely difficult time. We appreciate it all, please continue to respect our families’ privacy so we can grieve in peace.
"Sleep tight sweetheart."
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