Woman charged with punching teen daughter in the mouth, shoulder

Two child abuse cases in two days in Rowan County

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Police in Salisbury have charged a mother with an attack on her teen daughter.

Jackie Monique Dobbins, 45, of Salisbury, was charged with one count of simple assault and one count of child abuse.

According to the report, a teacher at the daughter’s school noticed bruising on the girl. The teacher contacted police.

The investigation revealed that Dobbins had hit the girl in the mouth with a closed fist, and also punched her in the shoulder in a separate altercation.

Dobbins was held without bond due to the domestic nature of the incident.

Earlier this week deputies with the Rowan Sheriff’s Office charged a woman with child abuse after her three-year-old son wandered away from home and was found standing beside St. Matthew’s Church Road.

In both cases, the issue of the child in danger was brought to the attention of law enforcement by someone outside the circle of family and friends.

It is the law in North Carolina to report suspected abuse, but in many cases, the report is made not out of compulsion, but out of the genuine concern for the child.

“If you suspect it, there needs to be a report and let investigators take it into their hands," said Beth McKeithan, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. “It is our jobs as adults to protect our children.”

McKeithan hopes that people are more willing now to come forward when they suspect that a child is in danger, whether they are part of a family and friends circle, or someone else, like those who stepped in this week.

Prevent Child Abuse Rowan offers free parenting classes throughout the year. For more information, visit the web page: http://www.preventchildabuserowan.org/

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