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Mother to serve 3 months for felony child abuse
Woman gave anti-anxiety medication to toddler
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Elizabeth Marie Profitt

Friday, January 31, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Wirtz woman will serve three months of a three-year prison sentence for giving her baby a prescription drug.

Elizabeth Marie Profitt, 24, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in November.

Profitt admitted that she gave Klonopin to her 14-month-old son because he was "fussy" and she wanted to calm him down, according to prosecutor Patrick Nix.

Klonopin (Clonazepam) is an anti-anxiety drug used to treat seizure and panic disorders.

Profitt was also sentenced Tuesday to two years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for five years. She was also ordered to continue mental health counseling.

Profitt was initially indicted on two additional felony charges -- child cruelty and distribution of a schedule III controlled drug -- but both charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.

The incident occurred on July 27, 2013, at Profitt's mother's home in Wirtz, Nix said. Profitt and her mother took the child to the hospital emergency room after the child's eyes became glassy and his breathing became shallow.

A drug test at the hospital showed the child had consumed Klonopin, a prescription drug that belonged to Profitt.

"It was a mistake. I really didn't mean to hurt him," Profitt told Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II in court in November.

The child is now in custody of Profitt's mother, Nix said.

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