In what can be called a mother’s worst nightmare, the whole of Jackson County (West Virginia) mourns the terrible plight of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer, who was put on life support after being declared brain-dead by doctors at the CAMC General Hospital. An arrest has been made in this regard.
Baby Emmaleigh, whose unresponsive body was found bloody and naked in the basement of a Meadowlark Lane residence, was brutally raped and beaten by her mother’s boyfriend, reports WSAG news channel.
The Jackson Country Police Department has apprehended 32-year-old Cottageville resident Benjamin Taylor on charges of first-degree sexual assault. The charges on the accused will be upgraded, the sheriff told reporters.
According to deputies, Taylor initially declined knowing anything about the incident. However, after being read his Miranda rights, Taylor finally admitted taking the infant to the basement earlier that evening. Although he denies involvement, he said he “blacked out” and doesn’t know what happened.
The Jackson Country Police found a lot of blood on clothes and blankets in the basement where the baby’s mother found the critically-injured infant lying motionless. Taylor’s failed attempts to keep a consistent story about the incident raised police suspicion, and the suspect is currently being held at the South Central Region Jail on a bond of $2 million, as reported by katu.com.
A petition to the Federal Government has been created on October 5, 2016 to “Publicly hang Benjamin Taylor.” More than a thousand people have already signed the petition, with more and more signatures pouring in by the hour.
For signing the petition, click here.
A GoFundMe program has been launched by the victim’s aunt to invite donations for the baby’s medical expenses and lawyer fees. People from every nook and cranny have expressed their heartfelt condolences, and prayers are being offered for the baby’s swift recovery.
If you want to make a donation, you can do it here.