Early December BMWK did some coverage on the story of a drill sergeant’s wife giving their baby up for adoption following her premature delivery. The father, Terry Achane, who was stationed in another state for work, was said to have abandoned his wife and daughter according to the adoptive family.
Almost two years later, the child Teleah is approximately 22 months old. She is also now in the care and custody of her father after the Utah Supreme Court overturned the adoptive parents request to stay the previous order made that she be given to her father.
According to a quote referenced in an article on ABC news, “This is the first known case where the Utah State Supreme Court has removed a child from an [adoptive parent's] home and returned the child to the … legal father.”
As cited in the article it is alleged that Sergeant Achane did not know that his wife was still pregnant and was not aware of the adoption until several weeks after Teleah’s birth. The adoptive family stated that they “tracked down” the father “several months” after adopting the baby and were surprised by his refusal to contest to the adoption.
It is Sergeant Achanes belief that with regards to the return of his daughter to his care, “It’s about time.”
For more on the story visit ABC.
BMWK — Do you agree with the Court’s decision to return the child to her father almost two years after her birth?
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