(Washington Post) The already-complex saga of the infant twins carried by a Thai surrogate woman for an Australian family got even stranger after reports emerged that the father of the since-separated twins is a convicted sex offender.
Australian child welfare authorities began investigating the father after reports that he went to prison more than a decade ago for molesting three young girls. But according to Agence France-Presse, authorities were unable to reach the couple on Tuesday and Wednesday to conduct their investigation. The couple’s precise whereabouts are unknown to the child welfare agency.
Here is the short version of the story as we know it: One of the twins, born with Down syndrome and other health problems, is in the care of his surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, who claims that the Australian couple who hired her as a surrogate abandoned the child after learning of his disability.
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The other infant — a healthy, 7-month-old girl — is with her mother and father, presumably in Australia.