Surrogate Mother Sues for Custody of Triplets

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A surrogate mother from the Los Angeles area who recently gave birth to triplets is now fighting to gain access and possible custody of the baby boys, according to KTLA.

In February, Melissa Cooke gave birth to triplets she was carrying for a man who lives in Georgia. The man, who is being referred to as "CM," paid Cooke to be a surrogate mother.

After the babies were born, they were turned over to CM and now live with him in Georgia. KTLA reports the father is a deaf, single, 50-year-old postal worker who lives with his elderly parents.

Since giving birth, Cooke filed a lawsuit against the father alleging he is unable to properly care for the infants. Lawyers representing CM say the children are doing fine. But at a news conference on Tuesday, Cooke said that she is concerned about the babies and wants custody of one or all three.

"This is a case that must be appealed, it is a case that must be won. And the reason for that is, we're going down a path where we are dealing with disregarding the best interest of the children," said Michael W. Caspino, Cooke's lawyer.

"I want what's best for the children. I want a custody determination done to see if CM can take care of the babies. If he's not unable to do that, yes I will take responsibility for one or all the children," said Cooke.

On top of all this, while she was pregnant, Cooke says the man asked her to abort one of the babies because he couldn't afford to take care of all of them.

The biological father's attorney has said he did request Cooke to abort one of the triplets, but it was only for health reasons based on the recommendations of doctors. Cooke refused and the father's lawyer says he respected her wishes and backed off.