Baby remains in state custody after parents' drug arrest

February 25, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 3-week-old baby found hidden in a car last week along with $3,000 worth of suspected heroin is currently under state custody, said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

The baby, born prematurely in New Jersey on Jan. 30, is now under foster care at an undisclosed site, Games-Neely.

There will be a series of hearings to determine who will ultimately take custody of the child, Games-Neely said.

Games-Neely said it is unclear how long it will take to resolve the custody issue.

The baby, Sierra Jordan Lewis-Wroe, was found last Friday under some clothes after deputies were called to check on the baby's parents, police said. The couple was incoherent when deputies approached the car, which was parked partially in the entrance to a parking lot at the Blue Ridge Outlet shops on Stephen Street, police said.

In the car, deputies recovered 30 grams of suspected heroin. Syringes were found in a diaper bag as well as another substance that may be narcotics, said Games-Neely.


Marylayna Lewis, 22, and Kevin M. Wroe, 23, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and wanton endangerment of a child, said Sheriff Ronald Jones.

Lewis and Wroe were still being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Tuesday night on $70,000 bond each, jail officials said.

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