A Westminster woman was charged with second-degree child abuse after she allegedly pinched an elementary-school-aged child so hard it left a bruise.
Sharise Elizabeth Wiltshire, 33, of the 400 block of Robins Way, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree child abuse. She was held on $5,000 bond, which she posted, and was released.
A detective with the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center was notified by Child Protective Services of alleged child abuse happening at Wiltshire's residence. An elementary-school-aged child went to the school nurse for a bruise on her arm that was hurting her. The child told the nurse that Wiltshire punched her twice in the arm and hit her rear with a belt because she wasn't listening, according to the statement of charges.
The detective and an employee with Child Protective Services spoke with the child, who said Wiltshire has used a belt on her bottom multiple times. When asked if Wiltshire hit her in other places, the child "became quiet and then after silence she just began laughing uncontrollably," according to the statement.
The child reported that she did not feel safe or comfortable at home, according to the statement.
Another child interviewed said Wiltshire punishes him by sending him to his bedroom, but he has not been abused. Another said Wiltshire pinches the child with a bruise, according to the statement.
Wiltshire told the detective and Child Protective Services employee that she knew of the bruise on the child. She said it was from the child hitting a table while playing, according to the statement.
It was the fourth time that Wiltshire had been reported to Child Protective Services, according to the statement.
Wiltshire had not responded to a call for comment as of 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. A court date has not been set for Wiltshire.