A 32-year-old man from West Virginia has been charged after he violently sexually assaulted his girlfriends infant daughter to death this week. The sheriff of Jackson County is calling this horrific act the worst sexual assault case he has seen in twenty years. Benjamin Taylor was found Monday morning with the infant in the basement of the apartment that he lived in with his girlfriend, who is the mother of the baby. The mother says she woke up and discovered her boyfriend in the basement with her naked unconscious child, surrounded by a significant amount of blood. The innocent baby was so severely beaten that she was left brain dead and tragically passed away on Wednesday after being taken off of life support.
“My sister woke up and discovered every mothers worst nightmare. My poor sweet baby niece was found naked, bloody, and not breathing or responsive. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost to death,” the infant’s aunt wrote in a GoFundMe page that was initially set up to pay for the child’s medical expenses while she was on life support.
Taylor was initially charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault, but a murder charge was added after the girl’s death. Taylor’s bond has been set at 2 million dollars. The victim’s family identified the child as Emmaleigh Elizabeth Barringer, posting multiple photos of her to the GoFundMe page. In one update, they encouraged others to “keep sharing so everyone knows what he did to her.”
Now that the outrage has garnered national attention, a petition has been set up on the White House’s “We the People” site to publicly hang Taylor for his heinous unthinkable crimes. As of Friday morning, the petition has gathered over 51,000 signatures of the 100,000 signatures needed by November 4th before it can receive an official response from the white house. If you want to sign the petition click here