Grandma accused of putting dirty underwear in child's mouth - WKRN News 2

Grandma accused of putting dirty underwear in child's mouth, taping it shut


HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) - A New Straitsville woman was arrested after deputies say that she taped her 11-year-old granddaughter's mouth shut with a pair of dirty underwear inside.

According to the Hocking County Sheriff's Office, on January 19, Karen L. Sharpe, 54, allegedly struck her 13-year-old granddaughter on the face, causing a large amount of bruising.

Later that same day, deputies say that Sharpe became enraged after her 11-year-old granddaughter stepped on her injured foot.

In retaliation, deputies say that Sharpe forced the girl to the floor, stuffed a pair of soiled men's underwear into her mouth and then taped her mouth shut.  At some point, the girl was allowed to stand up.

The girl later threw up from the fecal matter in the underwear, at which point deputies say that the girl was told to "swallow it."

Investigators say that the incident was recorded on video, but that it will not be released to the public in order to protect the children from further harm.

Sharpe was arrested and charged with kidnapping, two felony counts of endangering children, a misdemeanor count of endangering children, two counts of assault and two counts of domestic violence.

Sharpe is being held at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

Investigators say that Sharpe has custody of her two grandchildren.

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