I’m working on a story for AC360 tonight that has me shaking my head. How could the father of a baby girl who is nearly 2 years old now, not even know she existed until last year?
Here’s how: Terry Achane and his wife, Tira Bland, married in 2009. Bland got pregnant and Achane got called to duty. He’s an Army staff sergeant and needed to leave Texas for South Carolina.
Their marriage was on the rocks, and Bland went against her husband’s wishes and put their baby up for adoption.
It took her six months to tell her husband what happened. He had been searching for his baby girl, calling hospitals to see if she had been aborted, even calling family members to see if they’d seen his wife with a baby.
His brother-in-law told him he had seen Bland, but that she didn’t look pregnant and there was no baby in sight. Can you imagine?
When Bland told Achane what she did, he called the adoption agency in Utah right away.
Instead of helping put him in touch with his daughter, another blow, they asked him if he was willing to sign away his paternal rights!
Now a Utah judge has ruled the adoptive parents must hand over the child within 60 days. But the couple, Jared and Kristi Frei, is filing an appeal, hoping to keep their daughter.
The deadline for the handover is January 16th.
Let me know who you think should keep the little girl.
Don't miss Randi’s report and the AC360 interview with the girl’s biological father, Terry Achane.
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