‘I want to forget about it,’ Amelia Rudolf said as she held her daughter’s hand tightly. ‘I’ll never forget it.’
‘When he grabbed me I just had a feeling, like, “Oh, my gosh, is this true?”‘ she said. ‘I thought, “Am I dreaming this or what?”
‘When I kind of come to, I went in the kitchen, and I saw that door, the way it was broken into. I thought, “Oh my God, I’m not dreaming, that it’s true”.’
She added: ‘I felt like I wish I could die. I wish it wasn’t true.’
Mrs Rudolf immediately called family members who contacted authorities. She says that “I have not been able to return to the house built by my late husband, Charles, a mailman. And a home a once raised our four children in Anderson.”
“It took me away from my home and I have been staying with relatives,” she said. “I feel like I can’t go back to my home.”
Her family has supported her through the police interviews and press conferences, and even contacted the Indianapolis Colts – Mrs Rudolf’s favorite football team – to explain what had happened, reports TheDailyMail.
Now her family is looking to the future – although she is dreading seeing Taylor during his trial.
‘I’d hate to look at him,’ she said. ‘I don’t think I’d even want to see his face. I hope he gets what he deserves.’
Police said the youth lived within in a block of the woman’s house. Investigators say he broke into her home by kicking in the back door and then sexually assaulted her.
He was caught by a footprint left at the scene where he had been wearing socks but no shoes. A witness that night said they had seen the teenager, who lived just a block away, without shoes on, according to police.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 23, and a jury trial is set for November 5. He has been charged with rape, burglary, criminal confinement and strangulation.
If convicted, Taylor faces up to 50 years in prison.