As Twitchy reported at the end of April, an attorney for the family of Ma’Khia Bryant held a press conference and called for not only a Justice Department investigation into her shooting death but also a federal investigation of Ohio’s foster care system, beginning in Franklin County.

If there was any question that the foster care system is in the crosshairs, CNN has reported that Bryant’s biological mother, her attorney, and “experts” (always one professor) say that the foster care system is failing black children, and Bryant is just another example.

Nicquel Terry Ellis reports for CNN:

While there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the April 20 incident and the investigation is ongoing, one thing is clear: 16-year-old Ma’Khia died while under the care of a system that was created to provide safe, temporary homes for children whose biological parents are unable to raise them.

And Ma’Khia’s biological mother, the family’s attorney and child welfare experts say they believe the foster care system failed Ma’Khia.

Franklin County Children Services had initially placed Ma’Khia and her three siblings with their paternal grandmother Jeanene Hammonds for about 16 months after the children made allegations of ongoing physical abuse from their mother Bryant, according to records obtained by The Columbus Dispatch.

Bryant said she denies those allegations of abuse.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Franklin County Children Services had developed a plan, which included mental health counseling, to reunite the children with Bryant. Bryant, however, did not comply with the plan, the newspaper reported.

Bryant disputed this, telling CNN that she had done the required counseling and therapy and made oral and written motions to the court to get her kids back.

Cheryl Grills, a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University, said abuse in the foster care system is particularly hurting black children, “who are overrepresented in foster care and already face implicit bias and police brutality because of the color of their skin.”

The one everyone has completely forgotten about?

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