Karen Sharpe, a 54-year-old-grandma from New Straitsville, Ohio, was arrested on Jan. 29 for what detective Sgt. Ed Downs of the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office described as “the most disgusting, heinous child abuse I've ever dealt with.”
There were two granddaughters, ages 11 and 13, who were regularly beaten and abused by Sharpe, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
The 13-year-old granddaughter had gotten so fed up with the severity and regularity of abuse that she began secretly recording grandma’s horrific punishments.
The grandmother was “swiftly arrested” after Sgt. Downs watched a video depicting Sharpe ...
“allegedly forcing men’s underwear soiled with feces into her 11-year-old granddaughter’s mouth and taping it there.”
“When the girl vomited, Sharpe allegedly told her to swallow it.”
Being gagged with dirty underwear was the 11-year-old granddaughter’s punishment for stepping on her grandmother’s injured foot.
Sharpe is being held on $1 million bond at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville, and was charged with kidnapping, two felony counts of endangering children, misdemeanor counts of endangering children, assault, and, domestic violence.
Detectives also are investigating Sharpe’s live-in boyfriend, Downs said.
Hocking County deputies have credited the 13-year-old child abuse victim with providing the evidence that ultimately got grannie arrested and charged.
Downs described the teen as “wise well beyond her years.”
After Sharpe allegedly punched the 13-year-old — who has a steel plate in her head from abuse at the hands of another adult — in the face, the teen recorded her grandmother cursing and attacking the younger girl.
Both granddaughters were removed from Sharpe’s home and placed into the care of children’s services.
“I've never seen an animal being treated this way,” Downs said.
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