Jones County man appears in court

A Jones County man appeared in court for his initial appearance Wednesday on charges of raping a child.

Andrew Taylor is charged with raping his 5-year-old stepdaughter. Authorities said Taylor alledgedly raped her between April and May.

Taylor is now in custody with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for probation violation for a previous burglary charge. If convicted, Taylor could serve a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

His bond is set at $1 million.

The Collins Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections also helped with the arrest of Taylor.