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Young Father Wins Custody Three Years After Mother Secretly Gave Son Up For Adoption as a Newborn

A 26-year-old Oklahoma student who did not  know his girlfriend had adopted out his son has successfully won full-time  custody of his child. Jeremiah Sampson, of Coweta, has officially  been a full-time single dad since Christmas last year.

However his battle to win back his son,  three-year-old Hilkya, has taken three years and cost him almost everything he has. In 2008, Sampson was recruited to play  running back and receiver for Pittsburg State, a small public university in  southeast Kansas, where he met his girlfriend, Tulsa World reported.

Worth the fight: Jeremiah Sampson, 26, now has full custody of his son, Hilkyah, 3

Worth the fight: Jeremiah Sampson, 26, now has full  custody of his son, Hilkyah, 3 ‘I wasn’t looking to settle down or anything  like that,’ he said.  ‘We both understood it wasn’t  serious.’

In December 2009, after not seeing him for a  few weeks, the girlfriend came to his house with an opened box of pregnancy  tests and disappeared into the bathroom to take one, Sampson said.

When she came out, she showed him the  positive result.  Sampson said they needed to go to a doctor  but she refused, causing him to doubt her pregnancy. ‘I really thought it was trickery,’ he said.

‘I thought it was all mind games.  The relationship ended and he heard nothing  else about the pregnancy, Sampson said, until March 2010.  His cellphone rang as he was walking out of  class.

A woman identified herself as a  representative of an adoption agency.  ‘You’ve been alleged as a potential father,’  she told him.  Sampson asked for a paternity  test.

Jeremiah Sampson grew up in a family of eight children with a single mother, and said he feels strongly about the roles a father should play

Jeremiah Sampson grew up in a family of eight children  with a single mother, and said he feels strongly about the roles a father should  play ,’If I’m the father I want it,’ he  said. “The mother has already put the baby up for  adoption,’ the woman said. ‘I don’t want that,’ Sampson insisted. ‘It’s not necessary. That doesn’t need to  happen.

In September 2010, Sampson was awaiting the  birth of his child, and a few nights before the due date he stayed up all night  texting his ex-girlfriend. She was complaining about  contractions.

At daybreak he drove two hours to Joplin,  Missouri, to be with her, but when he got there she wasn’t answering her  phone.  The hospital had no information. He drove to her house and her grandmother  slammed the door in his face.

Stunned, he sat in his car across the  street.  ‘Sir,’ a neighbor knocked on his window, ‘is  there anything I can do for you?’

It took him three years, but Jeremiah Sampson was finally reunited with his son at Christmas, when he received full-time custody

It took him three years, but Jeremiah Sampson was  finally reunited with his son at Christmas, when he received full-time  custody Sampson explained the situation.  ‘Oh, honey,’ she said.  ‘That baby was adopted three weeks  ago. Under the advice of a police officer, Sampson  found an attorney.

Sampson drove five hours to Rolla, Mo., once  or twice a week for more than six months to challenge the adoption in  court.  His son now lived in Florida, but under  orders from the judge, the adoptive parents brought the baby to Rolla when he  was 6 months old.

Sampson caught his first glimpse of him in  the courthouse lobby, but the other parents quickly threw a towel over the  baby’s head.  ‘I saw how they looked at me – like I was the  devil,’ Sampson said.

‘How can anybody hate me that much? I’m the  father. ‘People complain about men who don’t take  responsibility for their children.  ‘Well, here I am, wanting to be a father to  my son.

An earlier photo of Jeremiah Sampson and his son, Hilkya, who he says was put up for adoption without his permission

An earlier photo of Jeremiah Sampson and his son,  Hilkya, who he says was put up for adoption without his permission and that makes me a bad guy?’

The judge nullified the adoption in July 2011  and temporarily put the baby in state custody while giving Sampson visitation  rights.  Hilkyah, pronounced Hill-Kye-Yah, warmed up  immediately to Sampson’s attorney.

But light-skinned with streaks of blonde in  his hair, Hilkyah wouldn’t come to his father, who’s dark-skinned with  shoulder-length dreadlocks.

‘They say babies are color blind or don’t  notice any of that,’ Sampson said.  ‘But I tell you, they do. They  notice. It didn’t take long to bond,  however.  ‘He has a lot of energy and reminds me a lot  of myself,’ Sampson said.

He shared custody 50-50 with the birth mother  until the day after Christmas last year, when a Missouri judge granted Sampson  full custody with visitation from the mother.

Sampson dropped out of college to pay for the  three-year court battle.

The custody battle of Jeremiah Sampson is similiar to the epic case of 'Baby Veronica', in which a biological father in Oklahoma was pitted against adoptive parents out of state in 2011

 

The custody battle of Jeremiah Sampson is similiar to  the epic case of ‘Baby Veronica’, in which a biological father in Oklahoma was  pitted against adoptive parents out of state in 2011 He now works as a mental-health technician  and plans to start nursing school this summer.

His case resembles last year’s monumental  ‘Baby Veronica’ custody battle, pitting a biological father in Oklahoma against  adoptive parents out of state.

Veronica went to South Carolina for the first  two years of her life before her father, Dusten Brown, won custody in 2011 and  brought her back to Nowata, an hour north of Tulsa.

Then Veronica’s adoptive parents appealed all  the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and, after a four-month standoff in various  courtrooms across Oklahoma, took Veronica home to Charleston last  September.

Sampson is now suing the adoption agency for  allegedly violating his parental rights by going ahead with the placement even  after he objected.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

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