A US man has launched a lawsuit against a sperm bank he claims gave his sperm to an ex-girlfriend who then had his child.
Layne Hardin, 44, said he donated sperm solely for the future use of a woman he already had a child with before undergoing a vasectomy in 2002.
But he said his ex-girlfriend, Tobie Devall, then "bluffed her way" into obtaining two vials of his sperm in a brown paper bag from the Texas donation clinic "out of vindictiveness and to punish him for breaking up with her".
"(Mr Hardin and the mother of his first child) had a written contract that specified only two people that could access this sperm, yet the sperm bank let someone walk in off the street and take two vials of sperm in a paper lunch sack," Mr Hardin's lawyer Cade Bernsen said.
"At the end of the day, there are more precautions taken giving an 18-year-old a pack of cigarettes and checking their ID than there was for this sperm bank checking the credentials of this lady."
Ms Devall now has a two-year-old son and Mr Bernsen said Mr Hardin had been proved to be the boy's father.
Mr Hardin said Ms Devall did not let him see the boy, but her attorney said he had never asked to see him.
"It don't stop when he's 18," Mr Hardin said about the boy.
"This is forever.
"This ripple effect affected me and my family.
"When he gets old enough and realises how he was brought into this world, then his ripple effect starts."
Ms Devall has filed a countersuit claiming Mr Hardin told her she could also use his sperm and he was aware of her insemination.
The doctor in charge of the clinic and his attorney have not commented on the case, KHOU reported.
Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Emily O'Keefe