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September 24, 2007

Proffitt indicted for assaulting daughter

And other Laurel County indictments

By Fred Petke / Staff Writer

A London man was indicted by the Laurel County Grand Jury Friday morning for allegedly assaulting his 3-year-old daughter and then hiding from police in the woods to avoid arrest.

Henry Proffitt, 28, was indicted for first-degree criminal abuse, first-degree fleeing or evading police and fourth-degree assault for the Aug. 14 incident. According to court documents, London Police officers were called to a residence on Reams Lane at 12:53 p.m. on Aug. 14 to investigate a possible child assault.

At the scene, officers met the child’s mother Pamela Proffitt as she held the child, Officer Randy Medlock wrote in his arrest citation. Officers noted they saw abrasions on the child’s face and neck and that she was bleeding from her mouth. Pamela Proffitt told officers that Henry Proffitt had hit the girl and pushed her down the steps of the front porch. He then fled into the woods near the scene.

Henry Proffitt reportedly would not comply with officers’ commands and was forcibly subdued and arrested. The child was examined at Marymount Medical Center, Medlock said.

Two men were also indicted for allegedly assaulting a man before taking his cash in August. Seth N. McGhee and Roger Isom were both indicted for first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault by the grand jury. Isom was also indicted as a persistent felony offender.

In a warrant filed against McGhee in August, Detective Charles Loomis of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department charged McGhee with forcing an unidentified person to the floor and putting a handgun to the back of his head. The victim also said McGhee struck him with his fists and the gun, before taking $150 in cash, $30 in loose change, a cell phone and a pocket knife.

The Laurel County grand jury also returned the following indictments Friday:

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