The state appeals court turned down a northern Michigan man's request to get parental rights to a 2-year-old son born to his former fiancee.
It's another case where a man has no automatic rights in Michigan if a child is born to a woman while she's married to another man. John Sprenger of Traverse City claims he's the biological father of a boy born in 2011. Sprenger and Emily Bickle were engaged, but the engagement ended and Bickle remarried her former husband before the child was born.
In a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says Emily and Adam Bickle have the advantage under law. Judge Elizabeth Gleicher says it would be ``chilling'' if the boy was removed. Sprenger's attorney, Eric Phelps, says justice has failed.