Cleondra Carter, who was featured on season 3 of 16 & Pregnant, gave birth to daughter Kylee during her debut on MTV. Since filming ended nearly 4 years ago, Cleondra has kept relatively quiet about the events in her life and has continued to raise her daughter, work, and go to college.
Cleondra and her boyfriend, Mario, had a rocky relationship when we met them on 16 & Pregnant, and things got worse after that. The two ended up getting into a heated argument and both of them were arrested. After a break up and figuring out how to handle things separated, the two decided to give a relationship another try, but it didn’t work out and they decided to officially go their separate ways.
Since the final break up, Cleondra and Mario had attempted to co-parent and raise their daughter together, but found out that it was harder than they planned. There ended up being a custody battle, and Mario was granted custody of the couple’s four year old daughter. Cleondra ended up making a GoFundMe page to try and raise money to go back to court and fight for custody of her daughter. Here is an excerpt of what she wrote about her current situation:
On October 31, 2014, this is when my world was crushed. We had trial for the custody of Kylee. It began at 9 am and ended around 4 pm. From 9 am until 3 pm or so, I was bashed by Kylee’s father and his family with nothing but lies. My attorney was absolutely TERRIBLE! My attorney did not fight, no one fought for Kylee and the judicial system failed me as a mother. They made MANY false accusations that had no proof. The lies were outrageous, hurtful, and underhanded. It is unbelievable to me how these people just loved me 2 years ago and now I am such an awful mother. Their case was built on nothing but lies, but it was built. I was badgered horribly on the stand by his attorney for being a young woman who has started to date. Somehow that has been misconstrued into being promiscuous. At the end of the day, I lost my daughter. They took my baby girl from me even though they could not and did not prove me as an unfit mother. The law says their must be a change in circumstance and Kylee’s circumstances only got better with me. I have grown as a mother, I have and still to this day put my baby girl first. I am empty without her and now I must FIGHT!
Cleondra is asking for $5000 in order to cover the appeal and attorney fees, and so far she’s raised almost $1500 of that. While there are always two sides to every story, I do hope that these two can come to an agreement and figure things out for the sake of their child. If you feel compelled to donate to Cleondra’s cause, feel free to check out her GoFundMe right HERE.