Mikelah Davie, 16, holds her eight-month-old son Isaiah Allison outside their family’s home in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. “His father is missing out,” she says, “because I know he’s gonna be something good in life.”
Mikelah looks in on her five-year-old sister, Justice Brooks, and son, Isaiah, at home in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. In the other room, Mikelah’s twelve-year-old brother, Tommy Hayes Jr., plays video games. Mikelah often watches over her siblings while her mom and stepdad are at work.
Mikelah play fights with her oldest brother, Tommy, in her room on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
“I can’t not be good with him, he’s like a part of me.” Mikelah holds her son Isaiah while watching over her siblings on the playground outside of her family’s new home in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
“I hate math,” Mikelah mumbles after completing a computerized test at Focus Learning Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The school allows students to pace their own learning, which gives Mikelah the flexibility to raise Isaiah, but also lacks the structured classroom setting of a typical high school.
“I kind of miss having him in my belly,” Mikelah says, “sometimes I have phantom kicks.” Isaiah sits outside in the parking lot of New Generation Church on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, while Mikelah finishes talking to her cousin, Lisa Fleming, 18, in the front seat of Lisa’s car.
“I’ve done a lot of things that I should have been killed for when I was younger, that’s what I was thinking about,” Mikelah reflects after leaving a service at New Generation Church on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Mikelah ran away from home when she was 12, and was returned to her family by the police.
Mikelah sweeps the kitchen floor next to her son, Isaiah, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. “I’m like the second mom in here,” Mikelah says of her responsibilities around the house and taking care of her siblings. Mikelah’s stepfather works nights and sleeps during the day, when her mother works as a city bus driver.
“It makes you forget about everything else in the world. Then you open your eyes, get up, and it’s like… dang,” says Mikelah after a yoga class on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. The free class is offered weekly at Star House, a center for homeless youth in Columbus, Ohio, that Mikelah’s friends frequent.