West Chester, PA - Barry Baker, 29, has been arrested and charged for assaulting a man with cerebral palsy, which was captured on surveillance video (see video below.)
On May 10th at around 2:30 AM, Barry Baker and his friends were at the 7-11 at 200 South High Street, according to Fox 29.
The 22-year-old victim pulled into that parking lot and parked his car. The victim entered the store and surveillance footage from inside the store shows Baker mocking how the disabled man walked. The victim walked outside, and Baker followed him, continuing to mock him.
While the victim was standing in from of his car, Baker suddenly punched him in the face without warning.
“The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling. You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that,” West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said.
Baker posted 10% of $25,000 bail and has a hearing scheduled for May 30th.
According to cerebralpalsy.org, Cerebral Palsy is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
You can see the video of the attack below: