Two charged with child abuse

Meitta Yvone Elliott

A mother and father have been charged after detectives discovered a high level of drugs in their two young children, authorities said Wednesday.

Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 23-year-old Roger Tully Frady and 23-year-old Meitta Yvone Elliott, both of Cherokee Way in Marion, with two felony counts each of child abuse.

Alkire said, during a recent murder investigation, it was discovered that the couple’s two children -- a 1-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy – had very high levels of methamphetamine in their systems.

On Aug. 2, Frady was jailed on a murder charge after allegedly shooting to death 41-year-old Ronnie Eugene Lewis, of Cherokee Way.

According to deputies, the children were at home at the time of the shooting. They are now in DSS custody.

Meitta is in jail under a $200,000 bond. A new bond for Frady has not been set yet, and he is still in custody in lieu of a $500,000 bond for the murder charge.