Melissa Cook, a surrogate mother who delivered triplets last month amid a custody battle, has been granted an appeal in her case, reports People. The babies’ father, a postal worker from Georgia identified as C.M., originally asked Cook to abort the babies because he didn’t have enough cash to cover the care of three kids. Cook refused, and when the three boys were born in February, the Los Angeles court granted custody to C.M.
On Wednesday, the California Court of Appeals granted Cook’s appeal, which requires the father to stay in California, instead of taking the boys to his home state. She said the following in a statement:
“My concern has always been for the welfare of the children and what is best for them. My goal is to take responsibility to raise any child C.M. can’t raise and seek a resolution for the placement of the other child or children based on what is in their best interests.”
The case will continue until the state makes an official ruling on who will receive custody of the babies.