Broken Arrow Couple Fights To See Their Grandson Again

Wednesday, January 26th 2022, 6:18 pm

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

A Broken Arrow couple is fighting to see their 9-year-old grandson again after he was taken by the state when the couple was accused of murdering another grandson.

The charges were dismissed and now the couple has billboards up trying to share their story.

The billboard is one of 12 across the Tulsa area. The billboards are aimed at getting Clayton Woolley back with his family after being in state custody for nearly four years.

In 2018, Bill and Lisa Woolley said the worst thing they could imagine happened: they found their baby grandson Elijah dead in his crib.

The Woolley's were accused of murdering and sexually assaulting Elijah. Their other grandson Clayton was taken into DHS custody during the investigation.

In 2021, the Wagoner County DA dismissed the charges after child abuse experts testified there was no evidence of sexual assault or murder.

"We will do everything in our power," Lisa said. "We can never turn our backs on our grandson."

The Woolleys are still fighting to get their grandson Clayton back to his family.

He was 5 when he was removed. This year he's 9 and living with a foster parent.

"Almost half his life he's been, I called kidnapped, we haven't been able to speak to him," said Bill. 

An organization called the Ekklesia of Oklahoma heard the Woolleys' story. They helped put up the billboards all over Tulsa and Broken Arrow.

They also started the website:

"Clayton is a name that represents hundreds of other Claytons stripped away from families," said Daniel Navejas with Ekklesia of Oklahoma.

The DA said he can't comment on any investigation involving children.

The Woolleys said they are willing to work with Clayton's foster mom to see him again and be in his life.

"We're going to keep continuing because he is our family," said Bill.

The Woolleys said they'll continue fighting to see Clayton for as long as it takes to get him back.

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