Clark County grandmother indicted in assault of 5-year-old grandchild

Sharon Tillberry
Sharon Tillberry

A Medway grandmother was indicted in connection to an assault on a 5-year-old, according to court records.

Sharon Tillberry, 54, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. A next court date in the case has not been set.

The child’s mother, Ashly Heid, was also indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of endangering children and permitting child abuse.

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Heid is accused of being in the presence of Tillberry and the child when Tillberry allegedly used a wooden board to punish a 5-year-old grandkid for getting into her makeup, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The 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, the affidavit says.

“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.”

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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.

“(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.

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