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Utah Custody Battle: Adopted Baby's Mom Wants Tot in Good Home

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tira Bland, the Utah mother who gave up her baby for adoption, only to have a judge order the girl returned to her biological father, says that she feels sorry for the couple who adopted her daughter.

A judge ordered Utah couple Jared and Kristi Frei to return the adopted toddler to her biological father, Terry Achane, after it was revealed that Bland gave up the child without the father's knowledge or permission.

"Her well being is all that matters to me," Bland told ABC News referring to her child.  "I want to see her successful.  I want to see her in a home, a good home."

She is sorry that her ex-husband is challenging the adoption.

"I'm hurt for the Fries," Bland said.  "They're great people."

Achane, 31, a staff sergeant in the Army and Bland's ex-husband, was transferred from Texas where he lived with Bland to South Carolina.  The staff sergeant claims that in 2010, without his knowledge, Bland put the child up for adoption through a Utah agency.

When Achane learned last year that the child, who he calls Teleah, was being raised by the Freis, he asked a court to give him custody.  Last month, a judge did just that.  

The Freis now have less than 60 days to return the 21-month-old girl, who they call Leah, to her father.  But a lawyer for the Freis told ABC News earlier this week that they don't plan to return the toddler, and will appeal the judge's ruling.

Bland says the Freis took her in, and agreed to the adoption after Achane left Texas and moved to South Carolina with the Army.  Both sides agree he knew Bland was pregnant, and that he still had to move for work.

Bland says that she and Achane had discussed adoption, but in the end, she says, he abandoned her and that's why she turned to the Freis.

"They cared about me and the well being of Teleah when he wasn't there, when he didn't care," Bland said.  "He showed no interest in me being pregnant.  When he left me, he didn't leave me with an address.  I didn't have a home address on him."

Achane's lawyers deny that, saying he was paying Bland's bills, and wanted to take care of their unborn daughter.

"The judge heard [Bland'] story, and completely ruled against her.  He did not find that her story was credible," Wiser said.

Bland now says that she wants what she thinks is best for the baby.

"My heart was comfortable with her being with the Freis," she said.  "I'd rather see her with me struggling first before she goes with him."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Dad Locked in Custody Battle Gets Christmas Miracle

Courtesy of Dr. Moises Garcia(MILWAUKEE) -- It was a very Merry Christmas for one Wisconsin man, whose four year battle to regain custody of his daughter from his wife, who had taken her to Japan, ended when he returned to the United States with the 9-year-old girl.

Moises Garcia, whose story was part of an ABC News series on fathers engaged in international custody battles, returned Friday with his daughter Karina.

“She’s nervous in the beginning. She told me she was overwhelmed from the, so many people around. But now, with me and my sister, she is actually sleeping. So she’s doing OK,” the Fox Point doctor told ABC News affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee as he was coming home from the airport in Chicago.

Garcia’s case was unusual among fathers who have fought their ex-wives in Japanese courts, because Japan made the rare move of recognizing U.S. court orders that granted him custody of his daughter.

Despite that recognition, he was still granted little access to Karina. He visited Japan numerous times each year, but was often only allowed to see his daughter for short, court-monitored visits in a room with a two-way mirror.

The break in Garcia’s case came eight months ago, when Garcia’s wife, Emiko Inoue, was arrested in Hawaii on charges of abducting her child.

In November she pleaded guilty to lesser charges, as long as she returned Karina to Garcia. She was ordered to remain in jail until the little girl was back in her father’s home.

Patrick Braden of California, the founder of Global Frontier, a group that advocates for father’s in custody battles over children who have been taken to Japan, told WISN that Garcia’s case is a landmark.

“This is the first time a Japanese citizen who kidnapped an American child from the United States soil in violation of previously established jurisdiction and laws has been held accountable for the criminal act here in a US court,” Braden said.

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