Grandmother Accused Of Gagging Grandchild With Soiled Underwear

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UPDATED: Thursday January 30, 2014 11:54 PM

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office arrested a grandmother accused of abusing and torturing her grandchildren.

Sheriff Lanny E. North said detectives went to Karen L. Sharpe's home after receiving a tip about alleged crimes against children.

Deputies said Sharpe hit one of her grandchildren on the side of her face. It caused a bruise.

Sharpe is accused of stuffing a soiled pair of men's underwear in an 11 year old's mouth. She allegedly used tape to make sure the child couldn't spit it out. Deputies said the child threw up and Sharpe told her to swallow it.

Deputies said the alleged abuse was videotaped. Sheriff Lanny E. North called it graphic.

Sharpe is charged with kidnapping, two counts of endangering children, two counts of assault and two counts of domestic violence.

She is being held at the Southern Ohio Regional Jail until her initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.

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