Friday, December 24, 2010


St. Albans Woman Dies Years After Severe Beating

Christopher Bailey, a West Virginia man serving a life sentence for inflicting permanent brain injury on his wife, Sonya Bailey, may face additional charges now that Bailey has died 16 years later. Police say, in 1994, Bailey severely beat his wife at their St. Albans home, then stuffed her in his car trunk and drove her around three states for nearly a week. He finally walked into a Kentucky hospital with her, but she was beyond help. Sonya, who was beaten into a vegetative state, had been confined to a wheelchair after spending more than a year in a coma. She required round-the-clock care in a nursing facility and was unable to communicate, feed herself or move. Christopher Bailey was the first person prosecuted under a 1994 federal spousal abuse law.

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