Family shares grief after death of 10-month-old girl from sexual abuse

I woke this morning to the heartbreaking news that baby Emmaleigh
Barringer has passed away. I’m already in floods of tears. Our deepest
condolences, thoughts and prayers are very much with Emmaleigh’s family
and all who knew her.
According to the latest update, mom’s boyfriend, Benjamin Taylor, will be arraigned on a murder charge this morning.

I’ve added a number of links here that have been sent via messages.
Thank you ladies for forwarding updates. I also came across a petition
calling for the death penalty in this case if the accused is found
guilty on all charges. That link is also added.

UPDATE: Family shares grief after death of 10-month-old girl from sexual abuse

By WSAZ News Staff; Katy Andersen | 






UPDATE 10/5/16 @ 11:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.
(WSAZ) — News that baby Emmaleigh Barringer died rocked her family
Wednesday, even though they knew early on her brain damage was so severe
only a miracle would save her.

“The only way justice is going to be served is if he feels
every ounce of pain that he caused her too,” explained Danielle Adkins.

Adkins is a first cousin of Emmaleigh’s mother. The woman
found her daughter on the basement floor Monday at her home in Ripley.

The baby girl was bloody and swollen. Left for dead after being physically and sexually assaulted.

Wednesday, Adkins said that her cousin held her daughter as she took her last breath.

“It wasn’t enough that he took her innocence, he had to take her life too.”

Investigators say the attack happened at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, Benjamin Taylor.

Taylor will be arraigned on a murder charge Thursday morning, according to Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs.

Adkins says that Taylor swept her cousin off her feet.

“You literally would have thought he was a Prince
Charming, she was so lit up inside. He wanted to do things with her and
he hung out with the kids.”

Sheriff Boggs says his department’s investigation is not over but the victim’s mother has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

He also says that he does not believe any of the victim’s siblings were harmed.


UPDATE 10/5/16 @ 3:30 p.m.
JACKSON
COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs tells WSAZ
the 10-month-old infant who was sexually abused has died.
Emmaleigh Barringer was in the hospital being
treated for injuries she received after being sexually abused Monday
night. Her name was released late Wednesday by the sheriff.

Emmaleigh was declared brain dead earlier Wednesday, according to family members.

Boggs also said charges against Benjamin Taylor will be upgraded soon.

He also said while the investigation isn’t over
yet, it appears that Emmaleigh’s siblings were not harmed. Their mother
has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

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UPDATE 10/5/16 @ 10:35 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Family members tell WSAZ the
10-month-old infant that was sexually assaulted has been pronounced
clinically brain dead.
Family members also say there is “very little hope” of her waking up.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, of Cottageville has been charged with first degree sexual assault.

Deputies say large amounts of blood were found on
blankets and clothes in the basement where Taylor and the infant were
believed to be.

According to the criminal complaint, Taylor did
nothing to save the infant’s life from the injuries she suffered during
the assault.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 10/4/16
JACKSON
COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A 10-month-old baby is in critical condition
after deputies she was sexually assaulted by a family friend.
Benjamin Taylor, 32, of Cottageville has been charged with first degree sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called Monday to a house on Meadowlark Lane in Ripley.

When they arrived they found the baby’s mother
holding the infant with a “significant” amount of blood on and around
the child. The mother told deputies she found the baby naked in the
basement of the apartment with the lights turned off.

Deputies then spoke with Taylor, who initially said he didn’t know how the injuries happened.

After being read his Miranda rights, Taylor said
he took the infant to the basement of the house to do laundry earlier
that evening.

When deputies questioned Taylor on how the infant
received her injuries again, Taylor said he “blacked out” and didn’t
know how they happened.

Deputies say large amounts of blood were found on
blankets and clothes in the basement where Taylor and the infant were
believed to be

Taylor would change his story multiple times and deputies noticed Taylor trying to rub something off of himself.

After going to the hospital, deputies got a search warrant for Taylor’s clothing and a DNA sample.

While deputies were getting the sample they noticed blood on Taylor’s body they believe is from the infant.

According to the criminal complaint, Taylor did
nothing to save the infant’s life from the injuries she sustained during
the assault.

The baby has been taken to CAMC to receive treatment.

Taylor is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $2 million bond.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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ORIGINAL STORY 10/4/16
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A 9-month-old baby is in critical
condition after deputies she was sexually assaulted by a family friend.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, of Cottageville has been charged with first degree sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called Monday to a house on Meadowlark Lane in Ripley.

When they arrived they found the baby’s mother holding the infant with a
“significant” amount of blood on and around the child. The mother told
deputies she found the baby naked in the basement of the apartment with
the lights turned off.

Deputies then spoke with Taylor, who initially said he didn’t know how the injuries happened.

After being read his Miranda rights, Taylor said he took the infant to
the basement of the house to do laundry earlier that evening.

When deputies questioned Taylor on how the infant received her injuries
again, Taylor said he “blacked out” and didn’t know how they happened.

Deputies say large amounts of blood were found on blankets and clothes
in the basement where Taylor and the infant were believed to be

Taylor would change his story multiple times and deputies noticed Taylor trying to rub something off of himself.

After going to the hospital, deputies got a search warrant for Taylor’s clothing and a DNA sample.

While deputies were getting the sample they noticed blood on Taylor’s body they believe is from the infant.

According to the criminal complaint, Taylor did nothing to save the
infant’s life from the injuries she sustained during the sexual
encounter.

The baby has been taken to CAMC to receive treatment.

Taylor is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $2 million dollar bond.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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