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Monessen woman charged with locking mother, son in basement

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Sherry Kay Gillock of Monessen.

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Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 11:46 p.m.

A Monessen woman returning home from a bar early Sunday locked her 75-year-old mother and 15-year-old son in the basement, saying she did not want to deal with the pair, police said.

Sherry K. Gillock, 53, was arrested by city police upon waking her up soon after they rescued two of her relatives from inside the basement.

Police said they received a call at 5:02 a.m. from another relative of Gillock's who reported she had been locked out of the home at 938 Alexander Ave., and discovered Gollick's mother and son locked inside the basement.

Gollick was jailed in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $25,000 bail. Police charged her with two counts each of false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child and endangering the welfare of a parent or guardian.

The relative told Monessen police Officer Chris Gray that she was able to assist the 15-year-old climbing through a window in the basement. But the teenager's grandmother was physically unable to escape through the window, Gray said.

Gray reported in an affidavit of probable cause filed before District Judge Joseph Dalfonso that police had to use a hammer to break through a locked wooden door to free the woman.

Police reported when they went up to a second-floor bedroom to try to wake Gillock “she was still intoxicated.”

“She was slurring her words, and there was a strong odor of alcohol,” Gray wrote in the affidavit.

Gray wrote that Gillock's son and her mother reported that Gillock “came home drunk and put them in the basement so they could not come upstairs in the house.”

“(Gillock) did not want to deal with them,” Gillock told both victims before forcing and locking them in the basement, Gray said in the affidavit.

Gray said both victims estimated that Gillock came home from the unnamed bar about midnight.

Gillock's mother suffered a minor injury to her arm as she unsuccessfully tried to climb out of the window basement, police reported.

A preliminary hearing for Gillock is scheduled for Nov. 8 before Dalfonso.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or

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