By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — A Maryland family is making funeral arrangements for the 10-month-old girl who died in West Virginia this week after police say her mother’s boyfriend sexually assaulted her.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, of Cottageville, was charged with first-degree murder after the girl died of her injuries at a hospital Wednesday.

He was initially charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault.

A criminal complaint shows the baby had extensive bleeding. The complaint says the injuries indicated a violent sexual assault, as well as shaking or striking of the face.

When deputies went to arrest Taylor, he was seen rubbing his groin area vigorously in an attempt to wipe or rub something, presumably blood from the victim.

Taylor told deputies he took the baby to the basement of an apartment while doing laundry. He said he “blacked out” and didn’t know how the baby’s injuries occurred.

It’s unclear whether Taylor has an attorney.

Amber Lynne Adkins, who contacted WJZ Thursday and identified herself as the baby’s aunt, said the family moved to West Virginia from Pasadena this past summer.

“She was the most pleasant baby in the world,” said Danielle Adkins, cousin of Emmaleigh’s mother. “Now that she’s gone you can’t help but just be angry.”

“It wasn’t enough that he took her innocence? He had to take her life too?” said Adkins.

Family members say the child’s mother grew up here in Pasadena, where funeral arrangements are now being made and 10-month-old Emmaleigh will be laid to rest.

This statement was released to WJZ by the family Thursday:

Our family is devastated by this horrible crime against an innocent child. It is impossible to understand what could bring a person to commit such a violent and deviant act upon a shining light of beauty like our Emmaleigh.

Benjamin Taylor was an intelligent, caring and supportive friend to all of us. In the months that we knew him, he was welcomed into our family like a gift. There were no indications that he was capable of such a brutal and perverted crime.

However, thanks to the Jackson County, WV Sheriff’s Office, the evidence that they have compiled has indicated that he is clearly responsible for the assault and ultimately the death of our baby.

We are certain that he will see justice for his crime and plan to be active in the prosecution.

At this time, we are trying to process this event and it’s resulting circumstances and ask that the media grant our family privacy in order to grieve this enormous loss.

We have set up a GoFundMe account for donations from the public to help the mother and surviving siblings recover from this tragedy and aid in the funeral and burial costs that will be incurred.

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Rick Ritter

Comments (26)
  1. nic71 says:

    This is the second such assault I’ve read involving sexual assault & murder on an infant in just a matter of months. These sick individuals are going to get exactly what they deserve once they get behind bars. These are some of the most disgusting vile individuals on the face of the earth.

    1. He does not belong in jail. He should be tormented as this infant and disposed of immediately to where there are no remnants of his being. There should be a national law that when crimes of this nature occur no due process is allowed and death immediately. These are cases were police officers should murder due to eminent danger to society.

    2. Holly says:

      Shall we pin up posters in all male bathrooms, locker rooms and watering holes?

      “Save a baby; use your hand.”

  2. jim19617 says:

    “Taylor told deputies he took the baby to the basement of an apartment while doing laundry. He said he “blacked out” and didn’t know how the baby’s injuries occurred.”

    “I blacked out” is getting to be a go to argument for people who have horrific crimes. Hopefully the police have plenty of DNA and other forensic evidence to convict the killer and the state of W VA has the death penalty to dispose of him forever.

  3. jim19617 says:

    Correction…. for people who have committed horrific crimes>

  4. DrGoatse says:

    Wutt Is Rong Wiff Black Peepoles???

    1. Jackie Jones says:


  5. What can we expect when this society promotes infanticide and hails “;planned parenthood” as heroines? What this guy did to this baby they do all of the time. He is demon possessed, obviously. If this country does not turn back to God He is going to remove his protection from such evils and we will see more and more as the demons proliferate. Humble yourselves Americans or destruction will continue as evil takes over!

    1. joanwayne says:

      DIAF, Demon! This has absolutely nothing to do with Planned Parenthood! If this SOW of an overbreeder had ever bothered to go to Planned Parenthood, she might have received reliable birth control and this baby may have been spared its horrific fate. Instead, she had babies when it’s painfully obvious all she and the male dogs wanted were to have SEX, not BABIES.

      Once again, for the Hard of Thinking: Anti-choice ldlots have babies they don’t want or need and carelessly let them die, horrifically. Thoughtful and reasonable people take steps to alleviate future pain and suffering by PLANNING…PARENTHOOD.

  6. I know the dude.Everyone called him benji and I didn’t like him from the first time I met him.Gave me bad vibes and I wasn’t the only one.Happened 15 miles from my house.I know for a fat at onetime he was heavy into needles.Sean in Leroy,WV…

  7. Judith Brown says:

    When are these women ever going to learn. I blame also, she had no business moving him in with her, Giving him access to that baby Perverts are always out there looking for women who are vulnerable and weak. I don’t care if he was Prince Charming. You don’t move any man in with you. always assume they are Predators.

  8. He should be castrated.and tortured.Who is the hell does that to a baby or any child.He should not have any trial or chances to explain,I am sure his lawyer will try to get mental evaluation,He is just plain sicko

  9. where was the mother at when her child was being abused?? she has no brains, i also blame her. why would any one let a complete stranger move in with them and take care of their child. I guess she forgot to do a background check on him. she must have been desperate for a man

  10. never trust all men says:

    TOO ALL FEMALES BREATHING………EDUCATE YOURSELF…TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS/FAMILY….WHY DO WE TRUST “boyfriends”………to our babies……………..? need to get to the gym, nails done, shop? well this is the final result in trusting jerk off men……..many whom you don’t even know well…………….and many you do know can be abusive…….so stop TRUSTING THEM

  11. Candy Lane says:

    I do not get these “go fund me” accounts. Everyone who has a death in the family or just anything happen to them that’s reported on the internet wants everyone to give them money.

    Where was the Mother, why did she leave her baby with her “boyfriend”, take your baby with you, you cannot trust people you do not know very well with your children. And sometimes you can’t even trust the people you do know from the horrific stories I read every day.

  12. Candy, It seems like you are blaming the mother and making comments about the go fund me,Our focus should be on that poor little girl and what was done to her,Then go from there.That little thing is in gods hand because of some low life,lets concentrate on that

  13. SHERIFAT ALADE says:


  14. John Paolineli says:

    Give him a fair trial and hang him tomorrow morning!

  15. John says:

    Rape a child, be put to death. Rape dozens of women, be worshiped like Bill Clinton.

  16. Lynn says:

    I think he needs to be castrated and them a cattle probe in ass and tear his guts out and that still won’t justice what he did

  17. patty says:

    I do not agree in this Go fund me…YES help bury that sweet innocent child,but ABSOLUTELY DO NOT give that worthless mom any money, she didnt care about her babys well being she only thot about HER OWN NEEDS!!! WHY give her money to support her and her other kids?? NO FREAKING WAY LET HER GET A DAMN JOB AND MAKE HER OWN MONEY dont take kind peoples money!

    1. Rebecca says:

      I agree. No decent mom would let a guy move in after a few months. She had four kids! God only knows what he tried to do to them.

  18. Rebecca says:

    I think her and her family chose to ignore the red flags, like his criminal record, lack of a decent job, etc. They’re covering their own ***** by saying he didn’t show signs and was “intelligent”. Are you kidding me?! Take one look at him flipping off the camera on his FB profile (he goes by Benji Taylor) and then tell me he looks intelligent and seemed to have his life together. Only idiots and trash do stuff like that. And why was she letting him live/stay with her after a few months? She had four kids. I hope they examine her other kids, and especially her other little girl.

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