Friday, December 19, 2008

The Australian - "Gay Dad in Appeal to Find Son" by AAP

A GAY father has launched an international appeal for help to find his son, whom he believes may be living in Australia.

Michael Turberville has not seen seven-year-old son Ashley Skinner since the child disappeared with his mother, Joanne Skinner, more than a year ago after a custody battle, British media reported today.

Mr Turberville pleaded with anyone who knew the boy's whereabouts to alert authorities.

"It is gut-wrenching not to be able to see my son," he told the Evening Standard newspaper.

Dual US-British citizen Mr Turberville reportedly fathered Ashley with Ms Skinner after advertising in another publication for a "like-minded" lesbian. Both parents were in same-sex relationships at the time.

Ms Skinner's mother received a letter from her in April sent from the US, but Mr Turberville believes it was written in Australia and passed on to someone in America to post.

The letter said Ashley had started school.

The UK's top family court judge, High Court family division president Sir Mark Potter, took the unusual step of lifting reporting restrictions which apply in children's cases in hopes the publicity would help trace Ashley.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Royal Courts of Justice in London on +44 207 947 6200.

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