Man Takes Legal Fight for Son to Neb. High Court

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A northeast Nebraska man continues fighting
for custody of his son nearly five years after he alleges a welfare
worker allowed his newborn son to be taken for adoption by an
Alabama couple without his permission.

Matthew Ashby of Meadow Grove hopes the Nebraska Supreme Court
will reinstate his lawsuit after hearing arguments next week.

Ashby accuses his ex-fiancee, Monica Kilmer, of conspiring with Douglas and Tammy Black of Montgomery, Ala., and others to deprive
him of his parental rights, but a Lancaster County judge ruled in favor of the defendants last year.

The Blacks and Kilmer maintain there was no conspiracy, and the Blacks argue an earlier ruling giving Ashby custody is invalid
because they never had a chance to contest it.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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