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Sherri Shepherd denied appeal in surrogacy case

By Annie Martin
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Sherri Shepherd denied appeal in surrogacy case
Sherri Shepherd at the NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2014. The television personality will remain Lamar Sally, Jr.'s legal mother. File Photo by Ken Matsui/UPI | License Photo

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 (UPI) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Sherri Shepherd's appeal in her surrogacy case Tuesday, declaring her the legal mother of an 18-month-old boy who was born to a surrogate.

The 48-year-old television personality, who was a co-host on The View from 2007 to 2014, had asked the court to review a 2015 court decision declaring her the legal mother of the child born to a surrogate after she and ex-husband Lamar Sally split in August 2014.

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Shepherd alleged that Sally had defrauded her into having the child, which was conceived of Sally's sperm and a donor egg, just to get child support.

The child, named Lamar Sally, Jr., was born while Shepherd and Sally were in the middle of a divorce. Sally requested full custody of the child before it was born.

"After numerous court battles over the past two years, I am glad this case is finally over and that the ruling that Sherri is the legal mother to our son will stand. Now I can fully focus on raising my son," Sally said in a statement through his attorney.

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Shepherd filed for divorce in May 2014. She was ruled Lamar Jr.'s legal mother in April 2015 and agreed to pay Sally $4,100 per month in child support.

"I am appealing the ruling that happened and [Sally] gets his settlement every month," Shepherd told People in August.

In November, a court ordered Shepherd to continue paying child support to Sally. Shepherd has yet to address the denial of her appeal, but did tweet, "Sometimes it's better to let go & not look back," on Monday.

The television personality already has an 11-year-old son with ex-husband Jeff Tarpley.

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