Anderson and Co-Host Andy Cohen Discuss: Dad Bullying a Disabled Child
On Thursday,'s "Anderson Live," Anderson was joined by his good friend Andy Cohen. Among the many trending topics discussed on The First 15, Anderson and Andy talked about an Ohio dad and his son who allegedly bullied their neighbor, a young girl with cerebral palsy.
Hope Holcomb, who is 10 years old, says she is afraid to come out of her house or ride on the school bus because her neighbor, William Bailey, and his son, a classmate, constantly mock the way she walks. Hope's grandmother videotaped William and his son allegedly making fun of Hope to shed light on the incident, which they say is a pattern of torment, and they're pursuing charges of aggravated menacing against the Baileys.
"I couldn’t believe it," Tricia Knight told the New York Daily News after seeing the neighbor supposedly mock her daughter. "I'm saying to him, 'Are you serious? My daughter is seeing you.'"
But Bailey denies he was mocking Hope.
"I love that little girl," he told CantonRep.com. "I never even meant that or anything at all toward little Hope. I don’t make fun of anybody with a disability." He alleges that Hope's parents have been bullying his son, who has seizures and ADHD.
Both families are due in court on Oct. 9 to determine if criminal charges will be filed, reports the New York Daily News.