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.