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Hocking Co. Grandmother Faces Shocking Child Abuse Charges

NEW STRAITSVILLE, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Deputies have arrested a Hocking County woman who allegedly subjected her two grandchildren to abusive acts, one of which involved forcing a young girl to put a pair of soiled underwear in her mouth.

Detectives arrested Karen Sharpe at her home on State Route 93 after receiving a complaint about Sharpe's alleged abuse of her granddaughters (ages 11 and 13) on January 19.

Investigators were provided with a videotape that allegedly shows Sharpe forcing the 11-year-old to stuff a pair of soiled men's underwear in her mouth in retaliation for the child stepping on her injured foot.

The girl vomited because of fecal matter present on the underwear, and was then told to "swallow it" by Sharpe, according to investigators, who have decided against releasing the tape to the public.

Sharpe is also accused of striking her 13-year-old granddaughter in the face, causing a large amount of bruising.

Authorities have charged Sharpe, 54, with several counts, including domestic violence, kidnapping, and endangering children. She is scheduled to appear in court on February 6.
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