Man charged with sexual assault of 9-month-old child

Benjamin Taylor

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) – Jackson County authorities are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 9-month-old infant.

Media outlets report 32-year-old Benjamin Taylor was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree sexual assault.

Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs says the victim is a 9-month-old baby girl. Taylor is the boyfriend of the victim’s mother, but is not the child’s father.

The child has been hospitalized in critical condition.

According to a criminal complaint, the child was found to have extensive bleeding and a body temperature of 90 degrees. The complaint says the infant sustained injuries indicating a violent sexual assault, as well as shaking or striking of the face.

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

It’s unclear if Taylor has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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