9-Month-Old in West Virginia Dies After ‘Worst Case of Sex Assault’ in Decades: Officials

9-Month-Old in West Virginia Dies After ‘Worst Case of Sex Assault’ in Decades: Officials


A 9-month-old baby has died after she was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man in West Virginia, according to officials.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, in shown in an undated booking photo.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, in shown in an undated booking photo. (Credit: Tribune Media Wire)

Jackson County officials say this incident was the worst sexual assault case they’ve seen in two decades, according to KTLA sister station KUTV in Salt Lake City.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, was found Monday morning with the child in the basement of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, who is the mother of the baby. The baby was unresponsive and covered with blood, officials say.

Family members told West Virginia Metro News that the baby was clinically brain-dead with no hope of waking up.

Deputies were notified of the incident by the mother, who said she had been asleep but woke up to find Taylor in the basement with her baby.

Taylor will now face a murder charge on top of the count of first-degree sexual assault. Authorities say Taylor had a criminal record, but a motive was not yet known.

Taylor is in jail under a $2 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

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