Clark County grandma, mother charged after 5-year-old hit with board

A Clark County grandmother is facing a felonious assault charge after investigators say she hit a 5-year-old with a board because the kid had gotten into her makeup.

Sharon Tillberry, 54, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault and two counts of endangering children.

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Also, the child’s mother, Ashly Heid, 33, is charged with permitting child abuse in Clark County Municipal Court.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment this week. A bond of $10,000 was set against Tillberry and she was not listed in Clark County Jail Thursday. Heid was released on her own recognizance.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation Aug. 19 when deputies and detectives went to a home on Willoughby Avenue, according to an affidavit filed with the charges. There, they met with a 13, 5 and 4-year-old home alone and in the care of the 13-year-old.

A forensic interview of the 13-year-old and the 5-year-old was conducted at the Clark County Child Advocacy Center.

“Both (children) disclosed their maternal grandmother, Sharon Tillberry, was angry that the younger children had gotten into her makeup and wouldn’t tell her what happened to it,” the affidavit says. “Both (children) disclosed that Sharon Tillberry hit (the 5-year-old) with her hand until she got tired, then used a board that had been removed from the bottom of an entertainment center.”

The affidavit says Tillbery used the board to strike the child repeatedly across the buttocks and upper hip area and kicked the child, causing extensive bruising.

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“(The 13-year-old) disclosed that he witnessed their mother, Ashly Heid, during the entire incident while their mother did nothing to physically stop Tillberry from abusing (the child),” the affidavit says.

A next court date was set for Sept. 23 for both cases.

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