A 10-month-old baby girl has died after allegedly being brutally raped and beaten by her mother’s boyfriend, according to reports.
Benjamin (‘Benji’) Ryan Taylor, 32, of Cottageville, West Virginia, was arrested and charged on Monday in the sexual assault and death of Emmaleigh, who was 10 months old, according to the West Virginia Gazette.
The girl’s mother, Amanda Adkins, reportedly woke up between 4:30am and 5am and found her baby girl naked and bleeding on her basement floor. She immediately called 911.
Police said that when they arrived at the house in Meadowlark Lane in Ripley, they found Taylor trying to ‘wipe something’ off his groin area, which police later determined to be the baby’s blood, according to WSAZ.
Blankets and clothes covered with blood were near where they said Taylor had been with the baby in the basement.
Adkins was holding the baby and had blood on her. She told them she’d found the baby naked on the basement floor.
Police said Taylor originally told them he did not know how the baby was injured, but later said he ‘blacked out’ while doing laundry with the baby. Taylor is not the girl’s father.
Even the most hardened police were horrified by what they found in the house.
‘I’ve not encountered anything of this nature as long as I’ve been here,’ Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said.
The child later died in the intensive care unit of Charleston Area Medical Center.
Three other children were in the house at the time, according to police.
Baby Emmaleigh was reportedly violently shaken and suffered head trauma as well as being sexually assaulted.
Family posted heartbreaking photos of the little girl online. A GoFundMe page to help with medical and funeral expenses has raised over $17,000.
According to WSAZ, Taylor’s Facebook account once had a banner photo announcing, ‘I will never apologize for being a sex freak.’
Taylor is reportedly being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $2 million dollar bond.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.