Court issues ruling in Anna Mae He case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Court issues ruling in Anna Mae He case

A new ruling was issued Wednesday in an international custody battle playing out in the Mid-South.

In a two-to-one opinion, an appeals court found that Jack and Casey He forfeited their parental rights to Anna Mae He after they failed to visit her for four months.

Jerry and Louise Baker, who currently have custody of Anna Mae, were busy preparing for an influx of relatives from North Carolina when they got the news.

This afternoon the couple was quietly counting their blessing, which means they're one step closer to adopting Anna Mae.

"Its strange that today of all days, the day before Thanksgiving that we'd be given such a blessing," Jerry Baker said.

For more than six years, Anna Mae He has called Louise and Jerry Baker her parents. To protect her privacy, they do not allow her to be photographed. Today's ruling means, for now, she'll remain part of the only family she's ever known.

"Anna and Aimme are like twins," Jerry Baker said. "They go into school holding hands and come out holding hands every day.>

While the Bakers are quietly thankful, they're also thinking about Anna's birth parents Jack and Casey He.

"We're not interested in gloating," Baker said. "What can we say that makes it less painful for the He family?"

The He's were unavailable for comment Wednesday, but earlier this month they told Action News 5 they will never stop fighting for their daughter. The He's attorney, David Segal, said he plans to appeal Wednesday's ruling. He said the decenting opinion gives him hope the Tennessee Supreme Court will hear the case.

With that knowledge, the Bakers are just thankful for Wednesday's small blessing.

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