Report: GR man locked cousin in dog cage

William Bailey's Berrien County Jail mug shot. (Courtesy NBC Chicago)

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man is expected to face charges in the Chicago area after allegedly putting his cousin in a dog cage and then throwing hot wax on him, NBC Chicago reports.

William Bailey, 27, was arrested Oct. 13 in Berrien County and taken to the jail on a aggravated domestic battery charge.

Cook County, Ill. authorities say the alleged assault happened on Sept. 30, when Bailey was staying at his 47-year-old cousin’s apartment in Des Plaines, a suburb north of Chicago, according to NBC Chicago. Bailey allegedly punched his cousin, forced him into a dog cage, threw hot wax on him, and burned him with a cigarette lighter.

Bailey then allegedly took off in his cousin’s Toyota Camry. The cousin escaped the dog cage and went to a neighbor for help. He was hospitalized, NBC Chicago said, but his condition was not specified.

Bailey was driving that car when he was arrested in Berrien County, NBC Chicago reports.

Michigan Department of Corrections records online show that Bailey was on probation for a 2009 larceny at the time of the alleged assault.

He was expected to be extradited to Illinois to face charges.

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