Ohio grandmother forced dirty underwear into girl's mouth as punishment: Cops

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

An Ohio grandmother has been charged after she allegedly punished her 11-year-old granddaughter by shoving dirty underwear in the girl's mouth.

Police said Karen Sharpe, 54, of New Straitsville has custody of two granddaughters.

On Jan. 19, Sharpe allegedly became angry at the 11-year-old for stepping on an injured foot. Sharpe then forced the girl to the floor and "stuffed a soiled pair of men's underwear into her mouth and then used tape to secure it into place," police said.

The girl threw up because of the fecal matter in the underwear and the grandmother allegedly told her to "swallow it," the Hocking County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.

Police said the interaction was recorded "but due to its graphic nature and to protect the children from any further harm, it will not be released to the public."

Sharpe was charged Wednesday with kidnapping, endangering children and domestic violence.


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