Benjamin Taylor (above), 33, is accused of brutally raping and murdering 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer in the basement of her mother’s West Virginia home A harrowing 911 call has been played to a jury during the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 10-month-old baby.
Benjamin Taylor, 33, is accused of beating and sexually assaulting 10-month-old Emmaleigh Elizabeth Barringer on October 3, 2016 in a West Virginia home.
Little Emmaleigh died from her injuries two days after the alleged assault.
Taylor faces charges of first-degree murder, death of a child by child abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust to a child.
If convicted, he could face life behind bars without the possibility of parole. His trial entered a second day on Thursday, following a harrowing testimony from the victim’s mother.
The jury also heard her frantic 911 call. Yesterday, Emmaleigh’s mother, Amanda Adkins, detailed to a Jackson County courtroom how she walked downstairs to the basement of her home in the early hours of the morning to find Taylor – her boyfriend at the time – shirtless and kneeling over her naked daughter with his pants unbuttoned.
‘I was confused,’ she told the courtroom. ‘I asked him what he was doing and he said he was drying her off.’
As she approached the pair, Amanda says she quickly noticed something was wrong as Emmaleigh’s face was covered in blood.
The toddler was making a gurgling sound and was cold to the touch, Amanda said. She then rushed her unconscious daughter upstairs and dialed 911.
‘I think he f***ing raped her,’ Adkins can be heard screaming in a recording of the frantic call which was played to the jury yesterday.
She tells the dispatcher that Emmaleigh is bleeding from the vagina.
Shortly afterwards, Adkins can be heard wailing at Taylor saying ‘What the f*** were you doing? Why is she naked?’ Emmaleigh was rushed to Charleston hospital where she was later pronounced brain-dead.
She died two days later on October 5, after Amanda made the difficult decision to switch-off her life support system.
An autopsy of the toddler confirmed that Emmaleigh suffered extensive bleeding. State Chief Medical Examiner, Dr.
Allen Mock, who carried out the autopsy, testified on Wednesday that her injuries were consistent with being vaginally penetrated multiple times by an adult male.
He also added that her head injuries suggested she had been thrown to ground or slammed against an object.
Today, Jurors were played body camera footage from the attending officers that showed Taylor inside the apartment.
At the request of an officer, the defendant can be seen lifting up his shirt and revealing a patch of blood on his stomach, according to WVAH.
He told deputies the bloodstain must’ve been from when he picked Emmaleigh up. An audio recording was also played to the courtroom of Deputy Lucas Casto interviewing Taylor during his detention.
Taylor can be heard saying he wasn’t aware the baby was bleeding until someone told him. Casto also testified how he saw blood on the defendant’s thigh that appeared to come from Emmaleigh.
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