CLEVELAND, March 16 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge ruled a surrogate mother who ran off with the triplets she was to turn over to their father breached a contract and owes more than $20,000.
The 9th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Danielle Bimber must reimburse James Flynn the surrogate's fee as well as child support he has been paying.
The case centers on the contract the two, plus the egg donor signed, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. In 2003, Texas college student Jennifer Rice donated the eggs to be fertilized with James Flynn's sperm. They were then implanted in Bimber.
The contract said she would give birth and turn over the child -- which turned out to be three children -- to Flynn, a 64-year-old professor at Cleveland State University.
The court found that Bimber violated the contract after taking the boys home from the hospital. She said Flynn and his fiancee hadn't visited in the six days before she left for her Pennsylvania home.
Richard Dobbins, Flynn's lawyer, told the newspaper the reimbursement doesn't make up for the children and he will take Bimber to court for custody.
In 2005 a court gave Bimber primary custody, which is being appealed.
She said owing the money doesn't matter.
"I've got the boys," she told the Plain Dealer.