While most countries currently regard public executions with distaste, there are exceptions. Especially when it comes to the most heinous of crimes. In the US, thousands upon thousands of people called for the public hanging of a man who has been charged with raping a 10-month-old baby girl to death. Read on below to find out more about the case’s shocking details.
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The crime. In October 2016, a petition called for the hanging death of the West Virginia man who allegedly raped and beat to death his partner’s 10-month-old baby girl. Benjamin R. Taylor, 32, of Cottageville faces life in prison on charges of murder, in addition to sexual assault. His victim? Ten-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer.
Death penalty. While West Virginia got rid of the death penalty more than 50 years ago, thousands upon thousands of Americans at the time called on the White House to make an exception for Taylor. “Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk,” read the petition, which received over 30,00 signatures, on We The People.
Finding Emmaleigh. The child’s mother, Amanda Leigh Adkins, who has four other children, reportedly woke up about 5 a.m. one day and found her baby girl naked and bleeding on the basement floor. According to the Daily Mail, Emmaleigh suffered severe bleeding indicating a brutal sexual assault. She also showed signs of having been shaken and struck in the face.
Death. Tragically, the little girl was later declared dead after being rushed to the hospital. According to the Daily Mail, the girl’s mother held Emmaleigh “tightly” as the infant took her last breath. Seemingly, the petition at the time asked the White House to enact to Congress to do something — anything — about Taylor.
Hanging. “When it’s an open and shut case such as this, let us hang these creatures publicly,” wrote J.R., who started the petition at the time.”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.”