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Sister of man who assaulted disabled woman is jailed over comment to victim’s father in Ohio courtroom

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CINCINNATI: A Cincinnati woman was ordered to spend 30 days in jail because a police officer said he overheard her making an insulting comment after her brother’s sentencing for assaulting and robbing a developmentally disabled woman.

Rhonda Bailey was sent to jail Tuesday by the same judge that sentenced her brother Harry Bailey to 24 years in prison. He was convicted in February on charges of burglary, robbery and felonious assault in the attack last year on the woman who was his neighbor in an apartment building.

“When he was hurting me, I told him I did not want to die,” the woman, Shawntelle Miller, wrote to Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. “I told him I did not want to die. He then balled both his fists up, punched me and said he wanted to kill me.”

Police said Bailey robbed her of $80.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a city police officer overheard Rhonda Bailey make an insulting comment, including an obscenity to the victim’s father, when she was leaving the courtroom.

The 46-year-old woman was escorted back into the courtroom. A police officer told the judge what he heard her say. She denied it.

“You’re an animal, just like your brother,” Ruehlman said.

He sentenced her to 30 days for contempt. No attorney was listed for her in court and jail records.


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