Charlomane and Prince Leonard were doing just fine before the recession hit. But for the past three years, they’ve been forced to live with their six children in a self-storage unit in northeast Houston — a situation that they reluctantly accepted until Texas’s Child Protective Services came in and took custody of their children this week.
The storage unit that the Leonards have been living in is fully equipped with air conditioning, beds, a refrigerator, microwave, a tub and two computers. What they don’t have is running water — which was part of the reason the CPS came in and removed the children, ages 2 to 12. They kept their water in a 55-gallon drum that Prince Leonard refilled daily. They fill jugs of drinking water at grocery stores and use a “compost” toilet, Charlomane Leonard said.
She said the CPS visit was unexpected. The child protection authorities made their first visit and took the children on the same day, said her husband. She is still nursing her youngest. The children were placed with their maternal grandparents and the Leonards are permitted to see them just six hours a week. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 to determine the family’s fate.
The only crime Charlomane Leonard is guilty of, she says, is having fallen on hard times. The Leonards have transformed the storage space into a home — a place that is nicer and safer than the rodent- and crime-infested motels and apartments the family had lived in before discovering the storage facility as a way to weather the recession. “We are not criminals, drug abusers or child abusers, just plain old loving parents who are working hard to secure a future for our children,” Charlomane Leonard said. CLICK HERE to read the full story.
BLAM FAM…We’re of the opinion that this family should not lose their kids…..what do yall think?