Monessen woman waives her hearing for locking mom, son in basement
A Monessen woman accused of locking her 75-year-old mother and 15-year-old son in the basement of her home waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen.
Sherry Kay Gillock, 53, of 938 Alexander Ave., had her bond lowered to $10,000, according to court documents.
Apparently unable to post bail, she was still lodged in the Westmoreland County Prison on Friday night.
Gillock returned home from a bar on Oct. 27 and locked the pair in the basement, saying she didn't want to deal with them, police said.
Another relative contacted police at 5 a.m. to report that she had been locked out of the home and discovered the pair locked in the basement.
While she was able to help the 15-year-old out of a window, the 75-year-old woman was unable to use that avenue of escape.
Gillock's mother suffered a minor injury to her arm as she tried to climb out of the basement window, police added.
Police said the pair spent nearly five hours locked in the basement.
When police attempted to wake up Gillock, she was still slurring her words and was unable to speak, they said.
Gillock is facing trial on two counts each of false imprisonment and unlawful restraint, as well as one count each of recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
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