An Iraqi war veteran found out in 2009 that he was going to be a father. Throughout his ex-girlfriend's pregnancy, he provided her with support for her and her other children, and he looked forward to being involved in his child's life. Toward the end of her pregnancy, the mother of his child dashed his hopes of sharing child custody when she disappeared.
He finally located the child's mother, and through a series of court orders from another state, she finally confessed that the child was given up for adoption in Utah. The father then attempted to stop the adoption and obtain custody of his baby. His case was dismissed by a lower court based on a deadline imposed on the out-of-state father by the state's Adoption Act.