A South Carolina man has won custody of his daughter after she was adopted by a new family without his permission.
Christopher Emanuel said that his girlfriend put his newborn daughter, Skyler, up for adoption without notifying him of her plans, news station WACH reported.
“I was lost…I was hurt I was confused because I wanted to ensure that I could be there for my child,” Emanuel told the station.
He had filed to be added as Skyler’s father on the state’s responsible fatherhood registry, which was supposed to notify him if her mother puts her up for adoption.
But when a Southern California family filed to adopt her just days later, their paperwork didn’t list him.
“I didn’t know if I would ever see her again,” Emanuel said.
Christopher Emanuel seen with his daughter Skylar.Facebook
To get his daughter back, he was forced to wage a court battle to contest the adoption in Aiken County, where she was