A petition is being circulated calling for the West Virginia man who allegedly raped and beat to death his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby girl to be put to death at a public hanging.
Benjamin R. Taylor, 32 of Cottageville, has been arrested and–if convicted–faces life in prison for murder and sexual assault of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer. Yet many don’t feel like that’s enough. They want a more fitting punishment.
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Yet West Virginia abolished the death penalty half a century ago. This hasn’t stopped thousands of Americans from calling on the White House to step in and make an exception.
“Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk,'” says the petition on We The People. The number of signatures, if it reaches 100,000, will mandate a response from the Obama Administration.
News of the horrific crime has spread rapidly. Amanda Leigh Adkins, the mother of the girl, who has four children. She woke Monday and found her youngest girl naked and bleeding on the basement floor.
Emmaleigh had experienced a brutal sexual assault. The girl had been raped, shaken, and hit in the face. She was declared brain dead late Monday, and died Wednesday.
The petition has already been singed 32,000 times. “When it’s an open and shut case such as this, let us hang these creatures publicly,” wrote the petition’s author, who signed the initials J.R.
“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.”
“She’s never going to go home with her brothers and sister again,” Danielle Adkins, a neighbor, told WSAZ.
“She’s never going to be in a family event. We’re never going to know what her kids would look like or get to see her graduate high school — any of these normal life things because of this monster.”
The petition’s point about the open-and-shut nature of this case seem valid. The police who responded to the 911 call found Taylor attempting to clean the girl’s blood off of himself.
“I’ve not encountered anything of this nature as long as I’ve been here,” Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said.