Sheena Davenport, 18, and her fiancé, Logan McPherson, had only five dollars to their names one year ago. Davenport had never been in serious trouble before, but the pressure to feed the couple’s 17-month-old daughter, Skylar, led her to commit a crime.
At the time when funds were at an all-time-low for the family, Davenport had limited options. She became pregnant as a teenager and dropped out of high school.
She was unemployed without a high school diploma or GED. Davenport was hit with the reality that her employment opportunities were severely limited without a GED.
McPherson lost his job after the family relocated from Georgia to Dothan, Alabama for his work. Though they explored their options for receiving help from food banks and other resources, food was still running out.
Davenport described it as the worst day of her life when it became clear that the family of three did not have enough food in the house. They went to Walmart, and Davenport stole food hoping it would feed her family for a few nights.
She was caught and eventually ended up pleading guilty to theft in the fourth degree. Dothan Police Officer Katrina Culbreath was sitting next to the teen mother in the courtroom.
Culbreath emphatically listened to Davenport describe her motivation for stealing. Though Culbreath had never personally shoplifted, she could relate to the struggle of trying to feed one’s family.