Man in Bellaire hostage situation held on $40,000 bond

Belmont County

UPDATE 8/6/20

Christopher Bailey, the man whom the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office say held his child hostage on Sunday, made an initial appearance in court this morning.

He was arraigned on felony 2 felonious assault, felony 2 improperly discharging a firearm, felony 3 endangering children and felony 4 having weapons under disability charges.

Bond was set at $40,000 for the felony charges.

There will be a preliminary hearing and pre-trial on August 13.

Stay with 7News for continued updates.

UPDATE 8/3/20

The man has been identified as Christopher Bailey.

According to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office he is the father of the child that was held hostage.

He was charged with domestic violence felony 4, endangering children felony 3, felonious assault weapon or ordinance felony 2, and having weapons while under disability felony 3.

Stay with 7News for continued updates.


UPDATE: According to Sheriff Dave Lucas, the man was arrested and is in custody, and the 11-month-old child is safe with a family member. The Belmont Sheriff’s Office is calling this a domestic related call.

After several hours, Sheriff Lucas tells 7NEWS, the man ‘gave up without incident’ in the late afternoon.

The mother was not there Sunday.


West Bellaire (WTRF) — Local police have confirmed that the man has a 11-month-old child with him in the home. The child is a hostage. The S.W.A.T. team is at the scene.

A man barricaded himself in a west Bellaire, Ohio home Sunday morning, said local police.

The man has 4 warrants according to local police.

The case is now being investigated by the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department.

This is a developing story. 7News is on the scene working to gather details.

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