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After long legal battle, Miami toddler has three parents


After long legal battle, toddler has 3 parents

Three people — a gay man and two lesbians — are all named as parents on a 23-month-old girl's birth certificate in South Florida.

The Miami Herald reports that Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo, who married in Connecticut, approached Massimiliano Gerina as a sperm donor several years ago following unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant through a professional clinic. Gerina gave the women his sperm, and Italiano conceived.

The couple had planned for Filippazzo to adopt the baby. Sperm donors have no legal rights under Florida law, but Gerina argued that the women claimed they wanted a father for the baby, not just a sperm donor.

Nearly two years of legal battling ended last month when Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Antonio Marin approved a settlement and private adoption that listed all three parents on the child's birth certificate.


No one hurt in fire at scrap, auto parts yard

A fire at a junkyard sent smoke billowing into the sky Thursday afternoon but caused no injuries, authorities said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the fire about 3 p.m. at a scrap and auto parts yard operated by Vitelli Export USA at 5404 S 24th Ave.

The cause of the fire was not yet known.


Girl hit by car remains in critical condition

A 5-year-old girl hit by a car in eastern Hillsborough County on Wednesday was in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to Tampa General Hospital.

Kalie Williams had returned home from Robinson Elementary School about an hour before she was hit at 3:54 p.m., according to authorities. A 2002 Mazda driven by Barbara Heredia, 25, hit Kalie as she crossed Jerry Smith Road near April Lane, according to deputies. The girl was flown to Tampa General Hospital.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office does not anticipate that any charges will be filed.

Times staff and wires