TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The state appeals court has 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. But Sprenger's attorney, Eric Phelps, says justice has failed.