Update: Emmaleigh's Law officially in effect

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 4:46 p.m. 7/7/17

Emmaleigh's Law is named after Emmaleigh Barringer. It went into effect in West Virginia Thursday.

It doubles the penalty for a parent, guardian or other person convicted of child abuse causing death. Instead of 10-40 years in prison, the offender could get 20-80 years.

Emmaleigh was 10-months-old when she was reportedly sexually assaulted by her mother's then-boyfriend, Benjamin Taylor. She later died in the hospital from her injuries in October.

"For those that contemplate such actions, West Virginia is not the place to do it because we will bring down immediate, swift, harsh justice upon those who perpetrate acts of abuse on our most precious assets, our children," said Mitch Carmichael, West Virginia State Senate President (R-Jackson).

Taylor will appear in court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday, July 13th at 1 p.m.


UPDATE: April 7, 2017, P.M.

A bill that would increase the penalty for child abuse and neglect will head to Governor Jim Justice's desk for approval.

Senate Bill 288, also known as "Emmaleigh's Law," was passed by the House of Delegates Friday.

The bill would increase the penalty for a person convicted for child abuse causing death from 10-40 years in jail to up to 15 years to life.

The bill is named after 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer who died in October 2016 from a skull fracture.


UPDATE: March 22, 2017, 12:15 P.M.

A bill that would increase the penalty for child abuse and neglect has passed the West Virginia Senate.

Senate Bill 288, also known as "Emmaleigh's Law," was passed by the Senate Wednesday.

The bill would increase the penalty for a person convicted for child abuse causing death from 10-40 years in jail to up to 15 years to life.

The bill is named after 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer who died in October 2016 from a skull fracture.

Benjamin Taylor was charged with first degree sexual assault in the case. The charges were upgraded to murder after Emmaleigh died.

The bill will now go to the House for approval.


UPDATE: Feb. 16, 2017, 9:40 A.M.

A new bill introduced this week doubles penalties for child abuse and neglect. It’s named after a baby who lost her life tragically just a few months ago.

According to our sister station, WSAZ, “Emmaleigh’s Law” was introduced Tuesday by Senate President Mitch Carmichael.

If passed, the bill would add a new section to the current law to double penalties for various child abuse offenses.

The bill is named after Emmaleigh Barringer, a 10-month-old baby who died in October from injuries received from a sexual assault in Jackson County.

The baby’s mother told deputies she found her in the basement of her apartment naked.

Her boyfriend, Benjamin Taylor, 32, is charged with murder, sexual assault and child abuse.

If Senate Bill 288 passes, the penalties for a person convicted of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian will double from 10 to 40 in prison to 20 to 80 years.

The punishment for child abuse resulting in injury would rise to 2 to 10 years, from 1 to 5 years.

The bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.



 
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