A woman who faked an abortion—so she could instead raise the baby with her gay best friend—has been sentenced to three years in jail, and has lost custody of her kid.
Her gay friend has also been sentenced to three years in jail. (All names in this case have been withheld by the courts, due to legal reasons.)
The long court battle started in 2010, when a woman got a pregnant by her ex-boyfriend. Not wanting to raise a child with him, she told her ex-boyfriend that she got an abortion.
But instead of following through with the abortion, she and her gay male best friend decided to keep the kid and raise it as their own. The friend was listed on the birth certificate as the child’s father.
Her plan might’ve worked—until a mutual friend of the woman and her ex-boyfriend met the child, and noticed the child was “the spitting image” of the ex-boyfriend.
The real father asked for a DNA test. When the mother and her friend refused to comply, he filed a lawsuit against them. The court quickly ordered a DNA test, and it was clear: the ex-boyfriend was the real father, and he had been duped.
The father said, in his testimony, talked about how devastated he was when his ex-girlfriend told him she got an abortion—and how many hours he had spent mourning the fact that his child had been killed. He described his last four years, since the child was conceived, as “four years of a nightmare.”
The child is now living full-time with her father, and her mother and her adoptive father were convicted of fraud.
The judge in the case had no sympathy for the mother or her friend.
“You persisted in this wicked scheme for a period of almost three years,” the judge scolded, after delivering the sentence. “In all respects this was an elaborate and cynical scheme to provide [the gay friend] with a child.”
He added, “It is clear on any view that this was a planned enterprise which involved a web of deceit and many lies told.”