Benjamin R. Taylor, 32 of Cottageville, faces life in prison on charges of murder and sexual assault of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer
A petition to the White House says ‘prison is too good’ and asks for Taylor to be hanged publicly. If the petition gathers 100,000 signatures in 30 days, it will warrant an official response from the Obama Administration. Emmaleigh was allegedly raped and beaten in her home in Jackson County, West Virginia
The girl’s mother Amanda Leigh Adkins found her bloodied and naked in the basement. Taylor reportedly said he ‘blacked out’ and doesn’t know how the girl got her fatal injuries.
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A new petition is now calling for the hanging death of the West Virginia man who allegedly raped and beat to death his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby girl.
Benjamin R. Taylor, 32 of Cottageville, faces life in prison on charges of murder and sexual assault of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer.
But while West Virginia abolished the death penalty more than 50 years ago, thousands of Americans are calling on the White House to help make an exception for Taylor.
‘Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk,’ says the petition on We The People, which will result in a official response from the Obama Administration if it gets 100,000 signatures in 30 days.
The girl’s mother, Amanda Leigh Adkins, who has four children, reportedly woke up about 5am Monday and found her baby girl naked and bleeding on her basement floor.
Emmaleigh suffered extensive bleeding indicating a brutal sexual assault, according to a criminal complaint. She also showed signs of having been shaken and struck in the face.
The little girl was later declared brain dead at the hospital. Adkins held Emmaleigh tightly as the infant took her last breath Wednesday.
The petition, which had nearly 32,000 signatures as or Friday morning, asks the White House to enact to Congress to do something about Taylor. ‘When it’s an open and shut case such as this, let us hang these creatures publicly,’ wrote J.R., who started the petition on Wednesday. ‘Let us make examples of them, and allow the American people to attend these hangings so that the accused may be ridiculed, as they should be.’
Emmaleigh’s grief-stricken relatives say Taylor appeared a ‘Prince Charming’ who swept the baby’s mom off her feet. ‘She was so lit up inside — he wanted to do things with her, he hung out with the kids,’ said Danielle Adkins, a cousin to Emmaleigh’s mother, to WSAZ. Relatives are holding a candlelight vigil in Emmaleigh’s memory Friday as they prepare for her funeral this weekend.
Neighbors have put up a picture of Emmaleigh at her home’s front steps with a number of candles and notes of support for her mother. ‘She’s never going to go home with her brothers and sister again,’ Danielle Adkins told WSAZ. ‘She’s never going to be in a family event. We’re never going to know what her kids would look like or get to see her graduate high school — any of these normal life things because of this monster.’