A West Virginia man was arrested Monday after police say he sexually assaulted his girlfriend's 9-month-old daughter.
According to authorities, 32-year-old Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville, West Virginia, was found in the basement of his girlfriend's home with her 9-month-old daughter. The child had suffered trauma to the lower part of her body and had bruising on her head and face, WCHS-TV reported.
The girl was unresponsive when the mother got to her and called police. She told officers that she fell asleep prior to the alleged assault.
The 9-month-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where she is in critical condition.
Taylor, meanwhile, was charged with first-degree sexual assault and is currently behind bars. His bail was set at $2 million.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs called it "the most severe case that I've seen, especially with the age of the victim."
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