November 25th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Bode Miller's Custody Battle

Olympic skier Bode Miller is fighting to retain custody of his 9 month old child. He won temporary custody of the baby when a judge ruled that the mother relocating while she was pregnant was an irresponsible act. The unusual custody battle raises questions about the rights of mothers.

Conceived in California and born in New York City, this baby boy, now 9 months old, is at the heart of a high profile, bi-coastal custody battle.

His father, Olympic skier and gold medalist Bode Miller, briefly dated Sara McKenna in California.

McKenna became pregnant and decided to keep the baby, despite the fact her relationship with Miller was turning sour.

At 7 months pregnant, the former marine and firefighter moved to New York City to study at Columbia University.

At that point, Miller filed for custody, concerned that McKenna was fleeing California for a more sympathetic venue to gain custody herself. He requested she return to California.

In May, a New York judge granted custody to Miller.

The ruling raised questions about the rights of mothers to be.

This month, a New York appeals panel reversed the controversial ruling. Family court will resume today to re-examin parental custody of the baby boy.

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  1. JJ Johnson

    Wow, she decided to keep the baby EVEN THOUGH the relationship wasn't going well. A relationship "turning sour" is usually grounds for infanticide. SHE'S the one who deserves a medal!

    February 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  2. R Jones

    Men have been assumed to be negligent sexual opportunists desiring to avoid responsibility in this situation. When a guy steps up, political corrects cry foul. I hope he gets to keep his son.

    February 19, 2014 at 8:59 am | Reply
  3. 1humanwoman

    This is an extremely important case regarding women's rights. You can read an analysis here:

    November 27, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply

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