9-month-old baby dies from injuries suffered … in sexual assault

9-month-old baby dies from injuries suffered … in sexual assault
Images: (Left) family photo; (Right) police photo

The brutal sexual assault of a 9-month-old girl in Jackson County has ended tragically today with the child’s death.

Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs says the girl died this afternoon at Charleston Area Medical Center from injuries suffered in Monday’s assault.

Earlier, family members said the girl had been declared brain dead with “very little hope” of her waking up.

The suspect in the case, Benjamin Taylor, 32, of Cottageville, remains in jail charged with first-degree sexual assautl [sic], but Boggs says the charges against him will be updated soon.


According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called Monday to a house on Meadowlark Lane in Ripley.

When they arrived they found the baby’s mother holding the infant with a “significant” amount of blood on and around the child. The mother told deputies that she had found the baby naked in the basement of the apartment with the lights turned off.

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