• 68°

Woman cited for child abuse after drug overdose

Charged with child abuse

Sabrina Diane Proffitt

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman was issued a citation for child abuse after her husband found her unconscious from a drug overdose at a local motel, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

The couple’s two young children were in the room at the time, police officials said.

Police cited Sabrina Diane Proffitt, 31, for misdemeanor child abuse.

Officers were called shortly before 3 p.m. Monday to the Economy Inn motel, 319 Bendix Drive, to investigate an overdose in Room 107.

The father performed CPR on the mother before authorities arrived. The woman was breathing when rescue crews arrived and administered Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse the effects of narcotics overdoses.

Proffitt was found in the bathroom, and a needle and heroin residue were found in the sink, according to police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

EMS personnel tried to take Proffitt to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center for monitoring, but she refused further care.

Lingle said the children, ages 5 and 9, were found to be dirty and not enrolled in school. The Rowan County Department of Social Services was called.

Lingle said the family was living at the extended-stay motel. The children were released in the father’s custody.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest


Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction


Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured


Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12


Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September


Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers


Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners


Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs


Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers


Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class


Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow


States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes


Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack


NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line


Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting


People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%


Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots


Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending


Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City


Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow


Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh


California population declines for first time