(CANTON REPOSITORY) — Municipal Court Judge John A. Poulos ordered a man accused of bullying a disabled child to serve the maximum sentence behind bars.
William M. Bailey will report to the Stark County Jail on Jan. 2 to begin a 29-day jail sentence and to pay $400 in court costs, plus fines.
Bailey, 43, of 5955 Stinewood Dr. SE in Pike Township, was accused of mocking the disabled 10-year-old daughter of next-door neighbors Michael and Tricia Knight as he walked his 9-year-old son home from the school bus stop. The girl has cerebral palsy and walks with crutches.
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The Knights said Bailey was mocking the child. Bailey said he was not. He said he was reacting to name-calling directed at his son.