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Miranda Wilkerson's Paternity Case is Dismissed

5:06 PM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
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MACCLENNY, Fla. - There is a new twist in the Miranda Wilkerson custody case.

Miranda, 4, was removed from her grandmother's home in July and given to a registered sex offender.

The child's biological father has been fighting the decision ever since.  Larkey Wilkerson took a paternity test after Miranda's mother died in a car accident.

Wilkerson's attorney, Tom Gurrola, said those test results proved Wilkerson was Miranda's father.

It was that test Wilkerson was hoping Judge Phyllis Rosier would accept and would give him a chance to get custody of the four-year-old.

Judge Rosier is the same judge who sent Miranda to live with registered sex offender Donald Coleman.

Coleman is considered Miranda's legal father because he was still married to her mother at the time of her death. The two were separated and were in the middle of a divorce. And by law, Coleman is still considered her father.

In August, Wilkerson tried to establish his paternity for Miranda in court.

In October, both sides met in a Baker County courtroom.  Judge Rosier ordered Coleman and Wilkerson to turn over information supporting their cases.

After weeks of reviewing documents, Judge Rosier has ordered the case be dismissed.

Wilkerson was too upset to talk.  Coleman's attorney, Doug Massey, did not get back with us with a comment.

It's unclear right now if Wilkerson will appeal the decision.  Miranda's grandmother is appealing the original case.  That appeal is ongoing.





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