(Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper Online Photo www.cleveland.com)
CLEVELAND,Ohio-A controversial custody-adoption trial that began last Nov. between a poor Black Cleveland family and an affluent White couple with the popular judicial surname of Gallagher that were handed two new born Black children taken involuntarily from their teen mothers continues.
Taken within months of their births and precluded from being cared for by extended family members as state law requires, the celebrated trial to get back three year-olds Jamela and Jamyla Barringer is center stage at the new Juvenile Court Justice Center on Quincy Ave. in Cleveland before Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Alison Nelson Floyd, who is Black.
"Children and Family Services have a modern day slave plantation by stealing Black children and we want our children back," said Angelique Cunningham, the 39-year-old grandmother of the three-year-old cousin toddlers of two of Cunningham's daughters, one 20 and the other 17, but both teens when their daughters Jamela and Jamyla were taken from them at two and four months old, respectively. "They have harassed us at every turn because we are Black and not middle class or rich."