Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old girl who was fatally shot by a Columbus cop amid a physical altercation, was hoping to return to the custody of her biological mom, according to a report from The New York Times.
The story from the publication details Bryant’s journey through the foster care system, which started in 2018 after she and her three siblings were removed from Paula Bryant’s care. According to the report, Paula went to children’s services after years of arguments and disobedience at the hands of her kids. “They were kind of rebelling in the home,” she explained to the Times.
“The officers said, ‘You have just lost control as a parent,’ meaning you can tell them to go to bed, go upstairs right now, and they’re not going to go.”
Paula was subsequently found negligent, and her children went on to live with their grandmother, Jeanene Hammonds. After the landlord learned that she was housing Bryant and her siblings, she was evicted, eventually losing custody of them. They were subsequently placed in the system, but the late teen reportedly wished to make her way back home to her mother.
Unfortunately, her call to request assistance from police during a fight ended with her death. The 16-year-old girl was shot by Nicholas Reardon, one of the officers who responded to calls of a fight between Bryant and some former foster kids.
The kids’ ex foster mother, Angela Moore, claimed the fatal interaction occurred after an argument over cleaning their home. In the Times story, Bryant’s younger sister, Janiah Bryant, admitted that the former foster children habitually berated them.
As previously reported by REVOLT, Janiah also attempted to leave her foster home before her sister passed away. According to the Associated Press, an argument with Bryant and Moore prompted her to call 911 and request to be replaced. Authorities said they were unable to help her, and she was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation over her irate reaction to the news.