Questions are swirling after the alleged sexual assault of a 10-month-old girl.
As KTRK reports, baby Emmaleigh was “bloody and swollen” in her family’s basement Monday when her mother, Amanda Adkins, found her. She died Tuesday night at a West Virginia hospital where she was pronounced brain dead by doctors who had tried to revive her.
The suspected perpetrator is Benjamin Taylor, Amanda’s boyfriend.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Taylor reportedly took Emmaleigh to the basement Sunday night to sexually assault her when Amanda and her three other children were sleeping.
Amanda went downstairs around 4:30 or 5 a.m., to find her precious daughter laying naked on the floor covered in blood. It’s something Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs still can’t wrap his head around:
“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.”
WCHS reports that local officials are calling it “the worst sexual assault case they’ve seen in two decades.”
The 32-year-old has a criminal record, according to WSAZ, and has changed his story multiple times when talking with police.
Deputies recall Taylor trying to wipe off his “groin area” when they arrested him.
And if that weren’t disturbing enough, his current Facebook cover photo reads: “I will never apologize for being a sex freak.”
Amanda’s cousin, Danielle Adkins, told KTRK the entire family is distraught and angry over the horrific incident:
“She was the most pleasant baby in the world.
The only way justice is going to be served is if he feels every ounce of pain he caused her too.”
Adkins explained to the Gazette-Mail that her cousin had recently moved from Maryland to West Virginia to provide a better life for her kids.
“She went down there to start over. Baltimore isn’t the safest place; it’s just not. I understood why she wanted to bring her kids to West Virginia. She went there to start over.”
Taylor was originally charged with first-degree assault, but Dep. Boggs said those charges will now be upgraded to murder.