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Infant Custody Battle Goes to Court

Infant Custody Battle Goes to Court

Posted - Oct. 18, 2004 at 9:06 p.m.



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Alex Cabrero reporting A judge is going to decide who gets custody of an infant girl.

"You can't understand when you think a baby is yours, and then they take it away from you."

The baby had already been living with her adopted mother. But the birth mother changed her mind and wanted the baby back. A judge granted that request. But, what the birth mother did next is why this is now a court case.

Bonnie had almost given up hope of ever having a baby.

Bonnie/ Adoptive Parent: "I have been praying for years, and I thought this was an answer to prayer."

A young mother who already had three children was pregnant and didn't want a fourth. Knowing Bonnie's desire to have one, she offered it to her.

Bonnie: "She would keep telling me that there would be no way she'd ever take the baby from me."

Bonnie says they had a great relationship, even signed a contract with an attorney. She paid her medical expenses, took care of her, even mowed her yard.

And when the child was born, Bonnie had her baby.

Bonnie: "I was so happy. I was so excited."

But six weeks later, Bonnie says when they went to a judge to sign parental rights, the birth mother changed her mind.

Bonnie: "The judge asked me to come up to the front, and I just started crying."

The judge told Bonnie she had an hour to give the baby back. So she did what any mother would do.

Bonnie: "I gave her a bath, and I just told her how much I loved her, and said I'd always be there, and I was really her mother. And there was no way I could protect her."

But Bonnie had no idea what was really happening.

It turns out, the birth mother gave the baby away the same day to a Sandy adoption agency, which placed it with another family.

Bonnie: "She took the money and ran. That's all she wanted was the money."

So now, Bonnie is fighting back. In court Monday her attorney, as well as attorneys for the birth mother and "An Act of Love Adoptions" met to discuss the case.

Karen Thomas/ Bonnie's Attorney: "Of course, it's our position it shouldn't have happened this way."

But for now, Bonnie waits with her friends, but very alone.

Bonnie: "I miss her desperately. I, I just want my daughter back."

We tried calling the birth mother, but she had her phone number changed.

We also left messages with the adoption agency to find out if they knew what was going on, even if the new adoptive family knows, but they didn't return our calls.

This case goes back to court early next month.

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