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White House Petition Calls For Public Hanging Of Man Who Brutalized, Raped Baby

It's the digital-age version of an angry mob bearing pitchforks and torches. A group started a petition at the White House official website calling for an old-fashioned public execution by hanging.

Though it would be completely illegal and it's unlikely to ever come to pass, when you hear what the criminal did, it'll be hard not to see why the mob is so angry.

The petition is asking for Benjamin R. Taylor, a 32-year-old man from Cottageville, West Virginia, to be publicly hanged to death. Taylor is facing life in prison, and many argue that prison is too good for the accused baby killer.

Taylor outraged the state of West Virginia after he was arrested for raping and beating his girlfriend's infant daughter.

Amanda Leigh Adkins, a mother of four who was dating Taylor, says she woke about 5 a.m. one morning and found her 10-month-old baby, Emmaleigh Barringer, naked, bleeding and unresponsive on the basement floor.

Taylor was down there with the baby, who had been beaten, violently shaken, and raped. When police arrived, he was trying to wipe something off his crotch area.

Later, police determined it was the baby's blood. Taylor told police he 'blacked out' while he was down there with the baby doing laundry. He says he doesn't remember what happened.

The suspect has a criminal record, and a tattoo that says, "I will never apologize for being a sex freak."

Emmaleigh was brain dead when she arrived at the hospital and later died of her extensive injuries. Officers say it was one of the worst cases of child abuse that they’ve ever seen.

Emmaleigh’s mother was devastated by the death of her daughter. She had recently moved to start a new life and met Taylor, and thought she had met her Prince Charming.

Shortly after going up, the White House petition received some 50,000 signatures. If it received 100,000, it would warrant an official response from the president's administration.

"Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk," read the petition, calling for Congress to take action and make a special case example out of Taylor to warn all child predators.

"When it's an open and shut case such as this, let us hang these creatures publicly," said J.R., the petition's creator.

"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."

It doesn't look like the petition is ever going to get the response that the writer wanted, however. The White House website shut it down. According to the website, the petition was in violation of the Terms of Service.

Even though the law doesn’t work like that, the outrage over baby Emmaleigh’s tragic, brutal death makes it understandable. The community is devastated by the loss.

“She's never going to be in a family event,” said a distraught neighbor. “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.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: WTAP, GoFundMe

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