U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Tenn. custody appeal

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Tenn. custody appeal

June 25, 2007

MEMPHIS (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a child custody case from Memphis.

Without comment, the justices declined to take the case involving a Chinese couple and an American husband and wife. Both couples want custody of the eight-year-old girl the Asian couple gave birth to.

The Tennessee Supreme Court awarded custody to Shaoqiang and Qin Luo He.

The couple had put Anna Mae into the care of Jerry and Louise Baker when she was a newborn because the Chinese couple were having financial problems.

The Bakers tried to adopt Anna Mae over her parents objections and a Memphis judge took away the Hes' parental rights in 2004.

But the state Supreme Court overturned that decision in January and ordered the child's reunion with her parents. 

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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