Ma'Khia Bryant's sister called 911 begging to be placed in a new foster home weeks before police shot and killed Bryant, AP reports

Ma'Khia Bryant's sister called 911 begging to be placed in a new foster home weeks before police shot and killed Bryant, AP reports
Ma'Khia Bryant smiles next to her mother, Paula.Provided by the Bryant family
  • Ma'Khia Bryant's sister called 911 in March asking to be removed from their foster home, the Associated Press reported.
  • Bryant's younger sister told police she'd kill someone if she wasn't moved, according to a police report.
  • The AP found the call was one of more than a dozen made to 911 from that home since 2017.

The sister of Ma'Khia Bryant - the 16-year-old who was shot and killed by Columbus, Ohio police outside her foster home this month - had called 911 weeks earlier pleading to be removed from the house, 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 no more," the girl said, according to the report.

Police then told the girl that they were unable to make the decision to move her.

"The Victim then became irate and stated that if she does not get to leave, then she was going to kill someone in the home," a police report obtained by the AP said.


Bryant was shot and killed on April 20 by Columbus police Officer Nicholas Reardon. Reardon shot four times as Bryant swung a knife at a woman after having pushed a different woman to the ground, according to police body camera footage.

It was initially reported that Bryant was the one who placed a call summoning police to the house on the day of her death, which her cousin, Deja Torrence, repeated to Insider last week.

Bryant's grandmother later told The Washington Post that it was Bryant's sister who made the 911 call.

Bryant's foster mother, Angela Moore, previously told the media that she was at work at the time of the shooting and that two of her previous foster children had gone to the home to celebrate a birthday. They were fighting with Ma'Khia over chores, she said at the time.

Records obtained by the AP showed that police have taken at least 13 reports related to foster children who went missing from Moore's home since 2017, as well as other issues there. Moore didn't return messages seeking comment comment from Insider or the AP.


Torrence previously told Insider that Bryant's biological family is considering legal action and believes the foster system failed Bryant.

A spokeswoman for Franklin County Children Services - the agency that runs the foster program in Columbus - declined to say whether Moore is continuing to care for foster children after Bryant's death at her home, citing confidentiality guidelines.

The spokeswoman provided Insider an internal policy for how the agency conducts an investigation following a death in foster care. Those guidelines don't indicate whether other children remain in a foster home while an investigation takes place.