Ma’Khia Bryant’s biological mother plans to sue after her daughter was shot and killed by police outside of her home, it has been revealed.
Deja Torrence, the 16-year-old girl’s cousin, told Insider that her mother Hazel Bryant had spoken with Bryant’s biological mother Paula throughout the week.
Torrence said that they were in talks with a lawyer to file a lawsuit in the wake of Bryant’s death outside her foster home in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear who the family wants to sue or when it would be filed – but members of the family have claimed Bryant was failed by the foster care system before her death.
Donnie Bryant, another cousin, confirmed on Facebook late on Friday that that Ma’Khia’s mother has hired a lawyer and public relations representative. He also said she has finally been able to view her body.
Torrence said that Bryant had called the police for help when two women fought with her. When officers arrived, body camera shows Bryant was shot while lunging at one of the girls with a knife.
‘Someone has to be held accountable. The family just doesn’t want this to be another senseless killing that goes under the rug and gets overlooked,’ Torrence told Insider.
Angela Moore, Bryant’s foster mother, told CNN on Friday that two of her former foster children had shown up to the house to celebrate her birthday when they fought with Bryant over the tidiness of the home.
‘It was over keeping the house clean,’ Moore said, who was at work when the shooting happened. ‘The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty.’
Moore said that Bryant and the girls would ‘argue all the time.’
‘I never in my worst nightmare would have thought it would ever come to this,’ she told CNN.