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Australian couple breaks silence after abandoning baby with Downs Syndrome

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http://m.perthnow.com.au/news/bunbury-couple-david-and-wendy-farnell-break-silence-over-surrogate-baby-gammy/story-fnhnv0wb-1227019538347?nk=22e1edee780c8d10005f658e908a1ded


DAVID Farnell has reformed from his sex offending past and deserves to be a father again, his mother says.

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Times, Theresa Farnell, 81, said her son and his wife should be allowed to keep Gammy’s sister because they were “very excited to be parents” and “love her to bits”.

Mr Farnell is the child sex offender at the centre of an international surrogacy storm after claims he left Down syndrome baby Gammy behind in Thailand while taking his healthy twin sister back to Australia.

Gammy, a critically ill seven-month-old, was born to a Thai surrogate mother and allegedly abandoned by the couple, who brought his healthy twin sister back home to South Bunbury.

It then emerged Farnell, a father of three from a previous marriage, had been sentenced to three years jail in 1997 for indecently dealing with two girls under 10 and another 18 months for indecently dealing with a child under 13. But Theresa Farnell said her son and his new wife, Wendy, had been desperate to become parents and would have taken Gammy back to Australia, but they did not know about him. She said the international spotlight and the fact her son’s sex offences had returned to haunt the family was “heartbreaking”.

“All that’s in the past. He’s just trying to get on with his life,” Mrs Farnell said.

Meanwhile, Mr Farnell says he “never meant to hurt anybody”.

Mr Farnell and his wife Wendy, from South Bunbury, break their silence today to refute claims by the Thai surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, that they wanted to abort baby boy Gammy and then abandoned him after birth.

"We wanted to bring him with us,” Mr Farnell said, choking back tears in an emotional exclusive interview to air on 60 Minutes tonight.

“It’s been very stressing. We miss our little boy. I come home from work some days and Wendy has dressed our little girl (Gammy’s twin sister, Pipah) all in blue, because she wants still to remember the little boy.”

The couple, who have custody of seven-month-old sister Pipah, denied forcing Ms Chanbua to take Gammy, who also suffers a congenital heart condition.

“We never agreed to that,” Mr Farnell, 56, said.

“We said, ‘We want both babies to be born and we will think about this’.

“I know it sounds very, very heartless, but I never meant to hurt anybody, like I can’t really explain. I can’t really put it in words. We never said, ‘you can have this baby’.”

They left Gammy and fled Thailand with Pipah because, according to Mr Farnell, the surrogate mother said, “if we try to take our little boy, she’s going to get the police and she’s going to come and take our little girl … and she’s going to keep both of the babies”.

The electrician, who has three adult children to a previous marriage, insisted he was fit to be a father again, after it emerged this week that he is a convicted sex offender. Mr Farnell was sentenced to three years behind bars in 1997 for indecently dealing with two girls under 10 in the late 1980s and another 18 months for indecently dealing with a child under 13.

After his prison term, he married Wendy in 2004 when they met through a Chinese dating agency and the couple turned to surrogacy after failing to have their own child.

Ms Chanbua demanded her healthy daughter back when she learnt of Mr Farnell’s dark past this week, but Thai medical authorities are pursuing legal action against her for profiting from surrogacy.

The family of a girl who was sexually abused by the Bunbury man at the centre of a surrogacy scandal once campaigned to have a local street name changed because it reminded their daughter of her attacker.

David John Farnell, the father of Thai surrogate baby Gammy, was convicted in 1998 of four counts of indecently dealing with the girl at his parents’ house in Farnell St, South Bunbury.

The street was named after Mr Farnell’s grandfather and great-uncle, who were leading members of Bunbury City Band in the 1940s and 1950s.

The young victim’s family approached then councillor Wayne Major to have the name changed.

Mr Major, a councillor from 1995-2011, said the matter was canvassed by the council, but knocked back.

Sympathy for the victim’s family was outweighed by the cost and hassle of renaming a residential street.

“The victim’s family was devastated … the constant reminder of the street name played on their psyche,” Mr Major said.

Court documents show the girl was just five years old when Mr Farnell touched her “front bottom” in his parent’s pool.

She was 13 when she was last indecently touched.

As he sentenced Mr Farnell to 18 months jail, the judge said: “There is no remorse shown whatsoever.”

Mr Farnell, now 56, was already serving a three-year jail sentence for 18 child sex offences, committed against two girls aged seven and 10 years old from 1982 to 1983.
Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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crumpy_gat
by No. on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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What a clusterfuck. Disgusting, all of it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM
Totally. It's a huge mess. The whole thing is creepy.

Quoting crumpy_gat: What a clusterfuck. Disgusting, all of it.
ChicagoMimi
by Mimi on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Wait...I only read the first few sentences before replying but the dad is a child sex offender?!?

AND he chose to keep the girl?!?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM
Yes. He was charged in 1997 for indecency with a child under 10 and another under 13. I think one of the girls was 5 at the time. He served 3 years, I believe. Disgusting. :/

Quoting ChicagoMimi:

Wait...I only read the first few sentences before replying but the dad is a child sex offender?!?

AND he chose to keep the girl?!?

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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM
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This is a mess.
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