Miranda Wilkerson at the Home of Donald Coleman
Miranda Wilkerson with her biological father, James Wilkerson
MACCLENNY, Fla. -- James Wilkerson said the bond he has with his little girl is a special one.
"When I saw her right from the get go, I knew she was mine. It was the eyes, smile, I guess, the ears," said Wilkerson.
Wilkerson, the biological father, has been in Miranda Wilkerson's life since she was a baby. "I started seeing her, letting her know who her dad was."
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Wilkerson said after Miranda's mom was killed in a car wreck, he agreed to let Rita Manning, Miranda's grandmother, take care of her as long as he could still be in her life.
He saw her often, he said.
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They liked to go to the river and swim. But he said now all he has are pictures of those outings. He hasn't seen his daughter since the court placed her with registered sex offender, Donald Coleman, last week.
Coleman is by law considered Miranda's legal father since he was married to her mom at the time of her birth. "I want her back here with me or back with her grandmomma. That's what I want," said Wilkerson.
Wilkerson is now fighting back trying to get his daughter out of the sex offender's home. He is working with an attorney and hopes to file a motion in the next couple of days that may help bring his daughter home.
"I'm stepping up and I'm gonna get my baby back," the father exclusively told First Coast News.
While Wilkerson has been arrested in the past for DUI and battery on an officer, he said. "I'm not a murderer, thief, child molester. Everybody's got a background."
Wilkerson said the best place for Miranda is with him. "I love her and Daddy's gonna be there for her."
He says he wants her back by Sunday, which is a big day for him and his little girl. That is when she turns 4-years-old.
First Coast News