Crying boy at Martinsburg motel leads to father's arrest

May 23, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Virginia man was arrested Thursday night and faces child neglect and drug charges after an 8-year-old boy was found crying because he apparently couldn't find his father at a Martinsburg motel, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Irvin Jayoine Lee Baker, 28, of Herndon, Va., was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana and crack cocaine) and child neglect, according to court records.

Baker also was determined to be a fugitive from justice by authorities in Frederick and Loudoun counties in Virginia, according to court records.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Baker, who was in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday night.

Police said the boy was left in a motel room at the Relax Inn with narcotics and a dog, according to a complaint filed against the defendant by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Schuessler. Officials told police the child had been crying for 30 minutes or more and looking around the hotel for his father.


Baker was arrested upon returning from the direction of a neighboring lodging business and admitted to jail Friday about 12:30 a.m., according to court and jail records.

The child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services, and Berkeley County Animal Control took custody of the dog, police said.

The warrants for Baker in Virginia stem from charges of forgery and uttering and a probation violation for possession of cocaine, according to court records.

-- Matthew Umstead

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