I published his story about a year ago. Since I didn't find anymore information out about his story, I honestly assumed that the case had been resolved. Thanks to Cody O'Dea and his family, I would not have ever found out the truth. Sadly he is still fighting this case. Here is a current update.
When the story first broke, it was basically about this young man fighting for his son. This was around the Rashad Head time frame. About a year ago this time. There have been some updates. First the adoption agency, LDS Social Services, was slapped with just a mere fine for violations by the Texas Department of Child Protective Services. The social wrecker, Eric Larson, was put on probation for his crime in this whole mess. He still hasn't served a bit of his punishment. I hear he is still fighting it. I also hear that the Hess's, the socalled adoptive parents, are also suing Shawn for child support. They are also applying pressure for him to relinquish his parental rights. Shawn was also registered in the state of Texas for the Putative Father registry. Somehow someway they violated the ICPC and had the child transported into Idaho. Thereby violating Shawn's parental rights completely. Putative father registries do not give fathers legal rights. They strip fathers of their rights. This young man found out two days before she gave birth. He followed the law to the very letter. Somehow he still does not have custody of his son, Hunter.
Explain to me why the mother kept her daughter but didn't keep their son. Explain to me why she and agency both conspired to violate this young of his rights. They actually put on the ICPC records that his location was unknown when they knew exactly where he was and that he was listed on the Texas putative father registry. Explain to me why the judge awarded Shawn and his attorney $100,000 but still won't return their child. I also understand that the Hess's are relatives of the natural mothers. It is also my understanding that the LDS Church is also being held accountable in this mess. It is about time, but it doesn't go far enough. They must learn to comply with laws in all states. They must learn to accept that there are fathers out there that want their children. All you have to do is look here, here, here, and here.
Maybe the NCFA should take a queue from this. Boot these types of agencies out of their association. If the NCFA is for ethical adoptions, why do they allow LDS continue to be in their membership?
How can the Hess' look at themselves in the morning? You stole a man's child from him.