TAMPA — A mother who lost custody of her 12 children after battling agencies and a judge trying to rescue the family from homelessness dug herself a slightly deeper hole Tuesday.
Family court Judge Tracy Sheehan learned that the mother, Angel Adams, had to be escorted from the shelter where her children are living after cursing at their caretaker.
Adams visited A Kid's Place, a children's shelter in Brandon, on May 6, after serving two days in jail for contempt of court.
The children's caretaker, Taweaka Martin, said Adams became enraged after one of the kids called her their "house mother."
Martin said Adams told the child, "She ain't your m----------- mama."
The cursing continued until police were called.
In court on Tuesday, Adams agreed to let a psychologist observe her interaction with the children. Until then, she said she would not visit the shelter.
The family was rescued from a motel room in April where it had moved after getting evicted from an apartment. A group of state agencies and children's advocates paid off Adams' $6,000 debt to the Tampa Housing Authority and found a six-bedroom home for them to live in, rent-free.
But Sheehan jailed Adams on April 30 after the mother refused to tell the judge if she was pregnant. Sheehan asked the question to determine if any man would be living with Adams and her children.
When Adams was jailed, she lost custody of her children and the offer of a home.
On Tuesday, Sheehan said the children will remain at A Kid's Place. She set another hearing for May 27.