Benjamin Taylor has been charged with one of the most horrific and brutal crimes imaginable. The West Virginia man allegedly raped his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby daughter to the brink of death on October 3; little Emmaleigh Barringer would ultimately succumb to her injuries (including severe head trauma) later in the week. Benjamin Taylor was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault for his alleged attack on the infant.
After her death, prosecutors added on a charge of first-degree murder.
The details of Benjamin Taylor’s alleged crimes have been described by law enforcement as one of the worst crimes police had ever seen, reports the Sun.
“I’ve been here 25 years, and we’ve never encountered something of this nature. I don’t know if we’ve had anything like this near here.”
Reportedly, little Emmaleigh’s mom woke at about 5 a.m. on October 3 to find both her daughter and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Benjamin Taylor, missing from their beds. She searched the house for the pair, and in her basement laundry area, she made a devastating and horrific discovery: Her baby girl, naked and covered with blood, unconscious and unresponsive, along with Benjamin Taylor, who was also reportedly drenched in the baby’s blood.
The 10-month-old’s mother immediately called 911, and first responders to the terrible scene transported the badly injured baby to a local hospital. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before she was pronounced brain dead. Benjamin Taylor was quickly investigated, and despite telling police that he’d “blacked out” and had no idea what had happened between himself and the infant — an infant he claimed to have brought to the basement to “do laundry” — CBS News reports that he was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault within hours of the discovery of the crime.
While little Emmaleigh and her family sat desperately in the hospital, hoping in vain for a miracle that would never come, the public was getting word of Benjamin Taylor’s alleged crime. The brutal incident took place in West Virginia, one of 18 U.S. states to not utilize the death penalty, even in the most extreme cases.
An online petition to publicly hang Benjamin Taylor was quickly born, reports the Washington Times. The petition first appeared on Tuesday, the day after Benjamin Taylor was arrested and the day before baby Emmaleigh died from her injuries. Between Tuesday and Friday, the petition to publicly hang Benjamin Taylor received more than 50,000 signatures — more than half of the 100,000 it needed to generate an official response from the White House.
Unfortunately for supporters of the petition, however, the White House removed it from its official website on Friday. The reason: While the White House didn’t publicly comment on the petition to publicly hang Benjamin Taylor, according to what’s now found on the petition’s page, the campaign was removed due to a TOS violation.
“Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk. I would move to say that our ‘justice system’ is even a part of the problem, in that incarceration is hardly justice when it comes to such an awful act. Let us hang these creatures publicly. Let us make examples of them, and allow the American people to attend these hangings so that the accused may be ridiculed.”
Hollywood Life reports that Benjamin Taylor’s arrest last week in connection with the brutal rape and murder of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer wasn’t the first time that Taylor had a run-in with the law. Reportedly, Benjamin Taylor had an extensive criminal history, including DUIs, multiple moving violations, and drug-related offenses. Taylor was once reportedly even charged with making making obscene phone calls as well as harassing and threatening the person on the other end. Ultimately, those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Despite having a criminal history that spans pages of legal documents and years of his life, there was nothing in Benjamin Taylor’s criminal past that could have possibly alerted his girlfriend that he was capable of committing one of the worst crimes in West Virginia history. Despite his public denials, little Emmaleigh’s family is 100 percent certain he committed.
“We would like to assure anyone with any doubt that this crime against an innocent child was solely perpetrated by a monster who had disguised himself as a caring and supporting friend. Emmaleigh’s mother and surviving siblings were victims in this and are guilty only of placing trust in the hands of a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.'”
While Benjamin Taylor’s extensive criminal past was completely unrelated to the crime he allegedly committed last week, Hollywood Life reports that his social media use and Facebook page may have held some clues to his sexual proclivities.
“I will never apologize for being a sex freak.”
On his Facebook page, Benjamin Taylor proudly and publicly called himself a “sex freak,” even recently updating his profile picture to reflect his self-proclaimed status. Taylor reportedly made the statement and added the profile picture in June, just months before he allegedly raped his girlfriend’s infant daughter to death.
While there has been a massive public outcry against Benjamin Taylor and the crime he allegedly committed, he is not without his supporters. A Facebook group has been created for those who support Taylor, “Benjamin Taylor is Innocent.” Included among the posts on the page are those who blame both Emmaleigh and her mother for the baby’s sexual assault and even her death.
“Benjamin doesnt deserve such punishment. The baby is the one who couldnt handle the sex, blame the mother for allowing child endangerment!!”
For those who still want to help the family of baby Emmaleigh cover the infant’s final expenses as they demand that Benjamin Taylor face the full wrath of the justice system, a GoFundMe page has been set up for donations. Benjamin Taylor is currently being held without bail at the South Central Regional Jail in West Virginia.
[Featured Image by South Central Regional Jail]