The story of Bianca Clayborne and Deonte Williams is a heart-wrenching one, filled with the twists and turns of a legal system that can sometimes be difficult to navigate.
In a moment that changed their lives forever, Bianca and Deonte were pulled over for a routine traffic stop on their way back from a funeral. What followed was a nightmare that no parent should have to endure: their five children, two, three, five, seven and a four-month old were taken away from them, with little explanation or warning.
The details of the incident are shocking. While Deonte was arrested for possession of marijuana – a misdemeanor in the state – the children were forcibly taken from Bianca as an officer restrained her, leaving her baby crying. The Department of Children Services claimed that the children were neglected.
Attorney Jamaal , representing the couple, has called the actions of the DCS “extreme” and a violation of the parents’ rights. He also suggests that race may be a factor in this case. “It’s just so shocking to the conscience that in 2023 this is happening,” Jamaal said. “I just have to believe if my clients looked different or had a different background, they would have just been given a citation and told you just keep this stuff away from the kids while you’re in this state and they’d be on their way.”
The impact on the parents has been devastating. Bianca is allowed visits but struggles to hear her children cry and let go of her when the visits end. She has lost weight and is struggling to produce enough milk. Deonte, on the other hand, is furious and facing financial difficulties due to the ongoing legal battle and frequent trips to visit his children.