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Ma’Khia Bryant’s sister called 911 in March to ask to be removed from their foster home, The Associated Press reported.
Bryant’s younger sister told police she would kill someone if she was not moved, according to a police report.
The AP found the call to be one of more than a dozen calls made to 911 from that home since 2017.
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Ma’Khia Bryant’s sister – the 16-year-old who was shot dead by police in Columbus, Ohio outside her foster home this month – had called 911 weeks earlier to be deported from home, The Associated Press reported.
The 15-year-old told the police dispatcher that girls were fighting in the foster home, where she had been for more than a year, according to records reviewed by the AP.
“I don’t want to be here anymore,” the girl said, according to the report.
The police then told the girl that they were unable to make the decision to move her.
“The victim then became furious and said if she couldn’t leave she was going to kill someone at home,” said a police report obtained by the PA.
Bryant was shot and killed on April 20 by Columbus cop Nicholas Reardon. Reardon fired four times as Bryant swung a knife at a woman after pushing another woman to the ground, according to camera footage of the police body.
It was initially reported that Bryant was the one who called the police to summon the house on the day of his death, which his cousin, Deja Torrence, repeated to Insider last week.
Bryant’s grandmother later told the Washington Post that it was Bryant’s sister who called 911.
Bryant’s adoptive mother, Angela Moore, previously told media she was at work at the time of the shooting and that two of her previous adopted children had gone to the house to celebrate birthdays. They were fighting with Ma’Khia over household chores, she said at the time.
Records obtained by the AP show police have collected at least 13 reports of foster children who have been missing from Moore’s home since 2017, as well as other issues there. Moore did not return any messages requesting comment from Insider or the AP.
Torrence previously told Insider that Bryant’s biological family were considering legal action and believed the foster system had failed Bryant.
A spokeswoman for Franklin County Children Services – the agency that runs the foster care program in Columbus – declined to say whether Moore continues to care for adopted children after Bryant’s death at his home, citing rules of confidentiality.
The spokesperson provided Insider with an internal policy on how the agency investigates a death in foster care. These guidelines do not indicate whether other children are staying in a foster home while an investigation is underway.
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