After losing his fiancée in a deadly car crash, a man in Texas is fighting for the right to take their baby girl home.
As FOX 11 reports, when Heather Trimble was killed in a car crash on June 6, she was 8 months pregnant with her second child.
The horrific accident killed Trimble and her parents, but before Trimble died she gave birth to a baby girl.
James Gardner, Trimble’s fiancé, has stayed by his daughter’s side ever since she arrived a month early, but he is not her legal father.
According to reports, Trimble was technically still married to her estranged husband, with whom she shares a 4-year-old daughter, at the time of her death.
"When I went to Heather's bedside, it was nothing but sorrow and pain,” he recalled. “And then when I went to the nursery, it was joy and happiness."
Shortly after Gardner named the baby girl Hadley (the name her mother had allegedly chosen), he learned that he would not be allowed to take his daughter home.
"I just lost my future mother- and father-in-law and the woman I loved and was going to marry and spend my life with,” he said. “I just lost all them, and I can't even grieve."
According to FOX 11, Gardner did not know that Trimble was still married to her first husband, who she had left three years ago.
Because Trimble was still married to another man at the time of her death, Hadley technically does not have a parent to care for her right now.
In fact, she can’t even be named Hadley legally, since her birth father has no legal rights.
"On the birth certificate, her name is November BG for baby girl,” Gardner explained. “And there is no father or mother."
While Gardner claims that Trimble’s husband signed over power of attorney to him, he still has very few rights when it comes to his daughter.
"I wake up. I file paperwork. I make calls to the hospitals, lawyers and caseworkers,” Gardner said. “Heather has passed away. What do you want me to do? She can't sign your documents now. It's just mind boggling to think anyone would have to deal with this on top of the crash."
Gardner said Hadley is due to be released from the hospital on Wednesday, and he is hoping that he will finally be allowed to take her home then now that he has power of attorney.