CANTON, Ohio — A videotape showing an East Sparta man allegedly mocking the way 10-year-old Hope Holcomb walks has many wanting the 43-year-old man criminally charged.
Hope has Cerebral Palsy.
Hope’s parents and their attorney met with a Canton Municipal prosecutor Tuesday morning for a conference.
“I think his actions have reached the level where criminal charges are the only way we are going to get his attention,” said Atty. Ron Gatts, who represents Hope’s family.
Bill Bailey, his wife, and attorney were also at the prosecutor’s office. Bailey’s attorney met with the prosecutor, but Bailey did not.
Bailey says his family has been feuding with Hope’s family for several weeks. He said he had a work injury the day the video was taken and did not mean to make fun of Hope.
“Which we know are lies,” Gatts said. He added that shortly after the video was taken, Bailey got on a four wheeler. “He was acting so recklessly that he ended up getting a ticket when police caught him and he almost hit the police cruiser.”
Hope’s parents say the situation has been difficult for their daughter, who they say is afraid to go outside when Bailey is home.
Assistant Canton City Prosecutor Jennifer Fitzsimmons says she will review reports and will decide by Thursday if any criminal charges should be filed.