Foster mother says biological parents didn't want child

A woman involved in a child custody dispute in Memphis testified today that the birth parents were eager to get rid of their baby shortly after her birth.

Louise Baker took the stand in a case involving the custody of Anne Mae He.

Baker and her husband are on one side and the biological parents, Shaoqiang and Qin He are on the other.

Louise Baker has raised the child since the girl was less than a month old. The Bakers are trying to adopt Anna Mae over the objections of the Chinese couple.

The Hes say they intended to put their daughter in temporary foster care in 1999 because of legal and financial hardships but thought they could easily get her back.

For the first few months of Anna Mae's life, the Bakers served as foster parents, but the Hes then gave them legal custody of the child.

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