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RIPLEY, W.Va. — A 9-month-old baby has died after she was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man in West Virginia, according to officials.

Jackson County officials say this incident was the worst sexual assault case they’ve seen in two decades, according to WCHS.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, was found Monday morning with the baby, Emmaleigh Barringer, in the basement of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, who is the mother of the baby. The baby was unresponsive and covered with blood, officials say.

Family members tell West Virginia Metro News that the baby was clinically brain-dead with no hope of waking up.

Taylor will now face a murder charge on top of the count of first-degree sexual assault. Authorities say Taylor had a criminal record, but a motive was not yet known.

“I wish he could feel and know the pain that child went through. Anything that they give him is not going to be good enough it’s not going to justify,” neighbor Belinda Taylor told WCHS.

Taylor is in jail under a $2 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.