(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.

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.

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