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Homeless Mom of 5 Loses Kids to Social Services as America’s Attack On the Poor Worsens

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Moshimalee Johnson lost her five children to DSS after Criags List ad.

Moshimalee Johnson

Reported by Nigel Boys

Thirty-two-year old mother of five, Moshimalee Johnson, who is an unemployed and homeless certified nursing assistant, turned to the Internet in desperate search for someone to help her family after the Department of Social Services (DSS) turned her down.

Johnson called the Durham, North Carolina DSS in hopes that they could find somewhere for she and her children, ages 6, 7, 9 and twins aged 2, to live. However, after the DSS refused to help, she turned to Urban Ministries for their support, but they wouldn’t allow her to work if they took her in, according to the News & Observer.

With nowhere else to turn, the former healthcare worker turned in desperation to Craigslist for help in solving her problems. She placed an ad in the apartments wanted section that said she was homeless and looking for someone to take her five kids until she could find work and a place to live.

After the ad had been placed, someone must have misunderstood her plea, according to Johnson, because the reader interpreted the ad to mean that Johnson wanted to give up her kids and not find a place for them all to live together. She adds that her children were promptly taken away from her and placed in foster care by the state.

Michael Becketts, Social Services Director for Durham County, would not confirm that the Craigslist posting had anything to do with Johnson’s children being taken away. He added that they didn’t see the posting and knew nothing about it, but people were assuming that they had seen it.

Although Johnson was formerly employed as a health care worker, she lost her job because she could not make it to work on time via the bus after her minivan broke down in 2013. She adds that the situation just got worse when she was evicted from her apartment and had to move in with her mother.

Recently in the news, there was a story about a woman who abandoned her baby at a Manhattan subway station. Although the mother claims that she felt she couldn’t turn to anyone for help, some believe that she should have relied on the state to aid her.

However, it appears that when desperate young women turn to the DSS for help, their response is to take away their children, so where else can they turn?



  1. sawitcoming

    July 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    That is a sad story, but I have to ask: where is the father in all thus? Unless he’s dead, incarcerated or laid up in a hospital bed he bears some responsibility here. What about the rest of her family or the father? WTF. Just wrong anyway you slice this.

    • Carmen Prettyman

      July 29, 2014 at 1:14 am

      I am a very liberal person…but tell me why does a 32 year old woman have 5 kids and apparently not married, doesn’t say she is divorced. We need to do a better job of teaching morals and self respect….Don’t have babies and expect the state to take care of them. She has an excuse for everything…….it just doesn’t jive. I have very little sympathy for her, but the kids are another story…I really really hate that they have to go through that….She has issues..placing an ad for your kids to live with strangers???? WTH….I don’t feel sorry for her……

      • Drue Ferguson

        July 29, 2014 at 3:24 am

        Thank you!

        • Drue Ferguson

          July 29, 2014 at 3:28 am

          One can smell bu**s***,before, one step in it!

      • Brenda every

        July 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

        I would like to see a job offer, a means that she can move forward. Most of u ignored the paragraph on how she got to this place. Stuff happens! Who said she wanted a check? She wants a job and a home for her children. How can we throw stones and we all at some point made mistakes we regret, we all live in glass houses. Many men abandon their families when the stuff gets rough. THATS WHO we should BE BASHING! How do we know he is even alive? Let’s see some job offers for the woman! She never ask for a handout. How many of u judge mental selfish finger pointers ever been homeless. How many of Us ever had to rely on a bus to work? I have and been homeless and had four children. A woman offered me a job and mentored me encouraging me to go to college and today because she taught me how to fish I survived and my children. That’s what is needed……not yr money……a job a chance….some hope ugh! The ones of u who have done it by yrselves and never made a mistake and never had to scratch for everything ……just shut up and if us can’t offer a hands up……put yr rocks up!

        • Evonne

          July 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

          Thank you for your comment, people always quick to find the negative in people – their the ones with the issues always looking at someone elses fault so they don’t have to see their own short comings.

      • Ms. She-li-a

        July 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        Carmen maybe you should read the story again. she had a job and if it would have been some one else the phrase would have been a struggling young mother of five and the good white folks would have been raising money to help get her some place to live. until you walk in someone else’s shoe’s don’t be so heartless, I pray nothing never happen to you in this life time

  2. ericaf

    July 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Prayers, it’s hard to be a single mother. Fathers can keep it moving but most mothers can’t .

    • Jean

      July 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Unless you have walked in her shoes, don’t judge. It is a sad but true fact that single working parents seem to be punished for trying to work and care for their families. I know, because I’ve been there. I have worked since I was 15 yrs. old, so know what work is, and I’ve always had a good work ethic. When I got sick and couldn’t work, I requested assistance. I got it but went thru hell the whole time I was on assistance. When I was able I returned to work on a part time basis. The state immediately stepped in, stopped all monies, and took away my medical assistance. I wouldn’t have cared if it was just me, but they also took away my children’s assistance. As soon as I was able to return to work full time, I did so, at less pay, but at least I had benefits for my kids. We have become so calloused in our treatment of each other, it is appalling; this is especially true of government agencies who are supposed to help those that are down and out. We are becoming desensitize to people with needs. God
      help us all.

  3. LaQuitta

    July 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    There is more to this story…I PROMISE YOU THAT!

    • Mayon'naise Jackson

      July 29, 2014 at 1:10 am

      Yes, there has to be more to this story. The state is NOT going to just take your kids based on an ad. What did the ad say to raise any eyebrows anyway? Where is the father? And if DSS and Urban Ministries didn’t help, what about the church? If she was able to get on Craigslist, there are online jobs that she can do too. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  4. ERIC

    July 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm


  5. terrell

    July 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Who is so out of touch and arrogant and insensative enough to question how one gets in this position!..Do your study and you will see that she is among the majority …Dont keep allowing your education to supersede your intelligence!…

  6. Minnie

    July 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I am so concerned that DSS will pay for Foster Care and not just give
    the mother money to be able to be independent and keep her children.
    What is the humanitarian part to this story? I hope she can get her
    children back.

  7. Gloria

    July 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    There are many situations in the world right now, and it’s none of no one’s business, to understand why a person has so many children. We are dealing with generational issues, and many other things. Stick to the facts, this young lady had employment, she paid taxes,like every one else, so that means, she is due assistance from her state. The sad part comes in to play, when she goes for assistance and get denied, off the bull crap.

    I know it has to be hard, because your looking in the eyes of your babies, and can’t give them anything. It can be anyone of us. I was a victim to this rude and unfair world. I didn’t ever think, that one day, my life would be the way that it is. The world is uncertain, I never wanted my husband to blow up in a car, and even with the stuff we had, it didn’t last, and I didn’t miss any days from work, but a person who had more authority then me, lied on me’ accused me of doing something that I didn’t do, and I got fired, without any investigation being done. Now because of the deceit, me and my family has to suffer, and being at the hands of a people, that may and may not believe in GOD, raises the challenge. However’ I was born again to know, that I will never give up, and I will fight to the day, HE takes me from this place, injustice is still injustice, and it’s time to stand up, not lay down and accept.

  8. Jo Dee

    July 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I believe people in this world are quick to judge period! Just look at some of the comments. People blaming this poor unfortunate mother and then automatically bashing men in the process. Bottom line is this woman and her family needed help and for some reason was turned away…now maybe we don’t know the whole story behind why…but why are we a nation of people who declare war on the poor daily! Something needs to change somewhere!

  9. lee

    July 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Amazing that our government will give 3 billion dollars to illegal immigrants but can’t help its own…I mean wtf

  10. Ivory

    July 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Point is everyone including myself. If we would all learn to help one another it would be more natural to help someone rather than take advantage of them. Besides you keep a castle by really helping someone out rather than having it burned down by the ones you hurt. Point being when we start to come together no matter our fears change will come. Anybody can hurt you but it is up to you to make sure it does not happen again. Those are the ones ass you kick to curb and you let go out here. Everyone proven incest until I see your true character. Saddens me and irritate me at the same time how people have so much to say about a situation but what did you do to help the situation besides open your mouth negatively. Lend helping hand or stay silent. At one point we all need help on some point no shame in it it’s called LIFE.

  11. Sheila Foggie

    July 31, 2014 at 1:54 am

    People are so quick to judge. God is the only judge. I don’t know how she got into this situation and it’s none of my business but DSS don’t always have to have a legitimate reason for taking someone children. BELIEVE THAT

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