Mary Bowerman , USA TODAY Network
A nine-month-old West Virginia girl died after sustaining horrific injuries during a sexual assault at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Benjamin Taylor, 32, was arrested on Monday and initially charged with first-degree sexual assault, but will now face first-degree murder charges, Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs told West Virginia Metro News.
The child’s mother found the nine-month-old covered in blood in the basement of the apartment complex where the couple lived on Monday morning.
She had a temperature over 90 degrees and injuries consistent with a violent sexual assault, according to authorities. Family members told the Metro News the child, who is not Taylor’s, was brain dead on Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint, Taylor told authorities that he took the baby to the basement while he did laundry and had no recollection of how she sustained the horrific injuries, the AP reported.
“I don’t know of any normal human that could fathom what would possess somebody to do that,” Boggs said, Metro News reported.
Taylor was being held on $2 million bail on Wednesday evening.