BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) Stories of drug arrests and break-ins often dominate the nightly news in southern West Virginia, crimes fueled by a drug epidemic gripping Southern West Virginia.
But what you don't always see through those mugshots and crime scenes are the children being ripped from their homes, placed in foster care or with grandparents watching over several children.
In a special report report Thursday on WVVA News at 6 p.m., our Annie Moore shared that story, the tale of a young girl who was trapped and how she finally broke free.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Little Sosha Lewis on the outside looked like the rest of her classmates growing up in Southern West Virginia in the early 1980s.
"She came to school put together. She had her hair done everyday. She seemed okay," said childhood friend Katherine French.
At school, Lewis put on a brave face. But at home, things were different. After moving from Welch to Oceana in 1984, her mother who had only dabbled in drugs became a regular user.
"I never knew when I came home from school, who was going to be sitting on the other side of the door."
But as her parents eventually went to prison, it was her grandmother who stepped in, officially adopting Sosha at 15, along with her brother and sister.
"God puts people in your life to help you get through what you need to get through and without her network, I don't know where she would be today," said French, who accompanied Lewis to both high school and college.
Lewis would grow up to become a writer and a mother herself; the stories of her troubled childhood would later be picked up by the Charlotte Observer, the Huffington Post, and even the President of the United States.
"I never gave up hope because I believed deep down she was more than that monster that devoured her."
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