May 5, 2016 5:38 pm -


The five children performed for the Oregon militants during their standoff, billed as the Sharp Family Singers.

They testified Wednesday during a 2 1/2-hour hearing in Shawnee County that their mother, Odalis Sharp, beat them several times a week with a rod and belt, shoved soap in their mouths, called them names and slapped their faces and private parts.

A social worker also testified that Sharp refused to cooperate during a neglect investigation earlier this year and then during a follow-up report of emotional and physical abuse.

“They said it’s typical to always receive some type of bruising and other times have bled from the swats,” the social worker testified. “The children told me they were fearful. They did not want to return to their mother.”

A sheriff’s deputy testified that one boy who fled told investigators that his mother had beaten one sibling until the child’s nose bled — and continued to beat the child.



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