Nebraska high court reverses adoption of girl born in Ohio

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed the actions of two lower state courts, saying they were wrong to allow the adoption of a girl over the objections of her Ohio father.

The high court’s ruling Friday came in related cases filed in separate Nebraska courts over the adoption of a girl born in Ohio in 2013. Court records show the girl’s mother and a man listed only as Jesse B. signed legal documents in Ohio affirming Jesse as the girl’s father.

Months later, the mother sought to put the girl up for adoption, and Jesse objected in both the adoption court and a Lancaster County District Court.

The Nebraska high court said allowing the adoption was wrong, because the lower courts should have recognized Ohio’s declaration of Jesse’s paternity.