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A Utah court has ruled that a South Carolina man whose wife put their baby up for adoption without his knowledge can regain custody of his daughter after a long two year battle.
Terry Achane, was serving as an Army drill instructor when his wife put their daughter Teleah up for adoption. The judge ruled in favor of Achane, citing he was “astonished and deeply troubled” but the adoption agency’s handling of the adoption.
The adoption agency allowed for the adoption to occur without any consent from Achane who was legally married to the child’s mother at the time.
Jared and Kristi Frei, the adoptive parents, and the adoption agency were given 60 days to return Teleah, who is now 21 months old back to Achane.
The Frei family plans to appeal the ruling.
However Achane is pleading with the family to reconsider filing an appeal saying, “There is no court order saying they have the right to my child. I just won the case. I want to get my daughter and raise my daughter.”
Teleah’s mother Tira Bland was married to Achane when the couple became pregnant. Achane then moved to work as a drill instructor in South Carolina. He believed his then wife would move to South Carolina with him but before he re-location the two began having marital problems.