Amore Wiggins’ mother shares her heartbreak after learning her daughter is Opelika’s baby Jane Doe
OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – The mother of Amore Wiggins is speaking out for the first time since Opelika police identified her daughter as baby Jane Doe and announced the arrest of the child’s father and stepmother. Sherry Wiggins was 20 years old when she gave birth to a daughter in Virginia.
“He was a blessing. He was smart and unique, so I named him Amor, which means love in Spanish,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins met Amore’s father, Lamar Wickerstaff, when she was 19. Lamar was 35 years old and in the Navy. They lived in the same apartment complex. After Sherry found out she was pregnant, they moved in together.
However, Sherry Wickerstaff’s family says they are disappointed that she had a child out of wedlock. The couple had no intention of getting married.
“He was getting upset and upset and when he started pushing me, I knew I had to find something,” Wiggins said.
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Wiggins went further and said that Wickerstaff was not the father. Therefore, she applied to the court to collect alimony for her child. Sherry then admits she was wrong. He was accused of misdemeanors, and Amore felt he would be better off with his father and his wife, Ruth.
“It just made sense for him to be in a permanent location,” Wiggins said.
Sherry visited her daughter before telling her that Lamar had moved to Hawaii with the Navy.
“I reached out and he said why are you calling me on the phone, I am not making special arrangements to meet your child. He said you don’t care about him and he’s fine with us,” Wiggins said.
According to Sherry, she has filed multiple lawsuits to force Lamar to resume dating and regain custody of their daughter. However, in 2013, he says, the court announced that he had run out of appeals. Sherry says the only way to contact her daughter is to continue paying child support, which she has been responsible for since 2009.
“I felt like they really let me down. I tried and the doors were closed. I felt that all I could do was meet a financial obligation that never stopped. I felt like one day I could tell her, “I never gave up on you,” and all I could do was take care of the finances, and I did. If I can’t do anything else, I would financially support my son and take care of my daughter,” says Wiggins.
Sherri would never have imagined her daughter being upset. She felt that Lamar and Ruth Wickerstaff had brainwashed Amore against her, but she hoped to reunite with Amore when she was 18. However, in December 2022, the dream of reconciliation was shattered when Opelika police visited Wiggins, Maryland. DNA tests show Lamar Wickerstaff is the father of Opelika police’s daughter, Baby Jane Doe. The boy whose remains were found on January 28, 2012, investigators believe was killed and dumped behind a mobile home near Hurst Street.
“When they showed me his clay paintings, I felt it in my soul. I felt it with my soul. It was 7:36 in the morning and the DNA test came back. He called and I didn’t want to say it over the phone, but he said it was him. This is Love. I hate to tell you that. It was difficult, very difficult. I think of all the times I tried to see him and get him, every time I called. I had a phone call. They could have called me,” Wiggins said.
While Wiggins was supported by some in the community, many passed judgment without knowing the full story. He says it hurts, but the most important thing right now is justice for Amore. Sherry thanked the Opelika Police Department for never giving up.
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