On Monday, Bianca Clayborne and Deonte Williams from Georgia were in Coffee County, TN court.
The couple was traveling on Interstate 24 in February with their five children when the Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled them over for having windows that were allegedly too darkly tinted and using the left lane without actively passing.
Later, after Williams was arrested for a misdemeanor drug charge and Clayborne was issued a summons on a drug charge, the children were taken into Department of Children’s Services custody. The children range from ages four months to seven years.
The judge ordered a continuance in the criminal case. He has set a hearing for April 18 to give Williams time to hire a new attorney. The attorney for Williams recused himself because of a conflict.
The children’s mother passed a urine test on Monday as she was screened for meth and fentanyl. Clayborne also submitted to a complete hair follicle test. The results should be completed in the next couple of days.
The judge placed a gag order on the children’s case, meaning neither side can speak on the matter until it is resolved.