SANTA ANA (AP) — A California appeals court will hear arguments in the custody fight of a California woman who’s trying to adopt a toddler over the objections of her biological father in Ohio.
City News Service reports justices will hear arguments Tuesday on a motion to stay a ruling that gave jurisdiction over custody of a 2-year-old girl named Vanessa to Ohio courts until a full appellate court panel can decide which state has jurisdiction.
Vanessa has remained with Stacey Doss — the would-be adoptive mother from Orange County — because of an earlier ruling blocking her return to her father.
The father — Benjamin Mills Jr., of Dayton — filed for custody in Ohio in 2008 before the adoption was finalized. A separate custody battle is continuing in Ohio.
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