A West Virginia man has been arrested for the depraved sexual assault of his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter. The girl has since died.

32-year-old Benjamin Taylor initially denied knowing anything about how how the baby, identified as Emmaleigh Barringer, was injured, but later admitted he’d taken her to the basement to do laundry. He says he “blacked out” and didn’t know how she was injured.

During his questioning, he’s said to have changed his story multiple times. Authorities also noticed he was trying to rub something off of himself. It turned out to be blood; blood that deputies believe may have been the victim’s.

It all started when the tiny girl’s mother called 911 to report that her baby was unresponsive. She said she’d been sleeping, but when she awoke, she couldn’t find her baby or her boyfriend anywhere.


When she finally found her daughter, she was naked in the basement of the apartment building unconscious, covered in blood, and swelling.

When EMS arrived, she was rushed to the hospital. She died two days later.

Jackson County deputies say this is the worst case of sexual assault they’ve seen in 20 years.

Taylor was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault. After the girl died, Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said he’ll be arraigned on a murder charge Thursday morning.

He remains in jail in lieu of $2 million bond.