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David Farnell, the father at the centre of a surrogacy row over a baby with Down Syndrome in Thailand, told Australia's 60 Minutes that he was no longer a risk to children.
Revelations last week that Farnell was a convicted sex offender exacerbated public outrage over the case. According to Australian District Court documents, he was jailed in 1997 for a minimum of three years for sex offences involving three girls aged under 13.
David and Wendy Farnell, the couple criticised for allegedly leaving a baby boy with Down's syndrome in Thailand but taking his healthy twin sister home, have given their side of the story to Australia's 60 Minutes.
David Farnell breaks down as he explains: "The surrogate mother wanted to take our girl - and we were getting scared that we would lose her."
That was the reason the couple left baby Gammy behind with the surrogate, the 56-year-old told the programme.
David Farnell also admitted in the interview, which was broadcast on Sunday night in Australia, that he had been convicted of child sex offences in the past.
The biological parents of baby Gammy said they wanted him well as his twin sister but they feared losing both children when the surrogate mother threatened to involve the police.
David and Wendy Farnell were criticised for leaving the seven-month-old in Thailand after finding out he had Down's syndrome, while returning home to Australia with his healthy sister Pipah.
But the pair told 60 Minutes on Australia's Nine Network that they had little choice but to leave Thailand after the children's surrogate mother, Pattaramon Janbua, warned that she would involve the police and try to keep both children if they attempted to take the boy as well.
David Farnell, 56, said: "We wanted to bring him with us," adding that he and his wife still wanted the infant, who is being treated in a Thai hospital for a hole in his heart and a lung infection.
The father of a baby with Down's Syndrome allegedly abandoned in Thailand told his friends that the boy had died, a neighbour has told Australia's 7 Perth News.
The woman, who did not wish to be identified, told the news station: "He said, 'I'm really upset' and [was] crying.
"He said, 'Oh the baby girl survived but the baby boy didn't make it'."
Asked about claims regarding the father's alleged criminal past, she added, "They are a really good family ... since he moved to our neighbourhood he's a really good person".
The Western Australia's Department for Child Protection and family support has been made aware of police information over "allegations of the father's criminal background" in the case involving Down Syndrome baby Gammy.
A spokesman told the BBC: "Last night we were made aware of certain information by the police regarding allegations of the father's criminal background."
Australian Prime Minister has described the circumstances around a Down Syndrome baby who was abandoned with his surrogate mother in Thailand as an "absolutely tragic human situation".
A surrogate mother in Thailand who was left with a Down's Syndrome baby abandoned by his Australian biological parents has said she would be happy to have the baby's healthy twin returned.
Pattaramon Chanbua, 21, said: "If she (baby girl) is happy, then I, as a mother, am also happy. I don't want to bring her back to suffer or anything. A mother would never want her child in trouble. But if she really cannot go on living there, then I'm very happy to have her back in my arms."
She said the father rejected Gammy, while taking his healthy twin sister home to the state of Western Australia.
A surrogate mother in Thailand who was left with a Down's Syndrome baby allegedly abandoned by his Australian biological parents has said she would be happy to have the baby's healthy twin returned. Pattaramon Chanbua also spoke of her shock over reports alleging the father was a convicted sex offender.
The 21-year-old said the father rejected Gammy, while taking his healthy twin sister home to the state of Western Australia.
Australia's Nine Network television alleged that the father was a convicted paedophile.
Pattaramon Chanbua, Surrogate mother: "If she (baby girl) is happy, then I, as a mother, am also happy. I don't want to bring her back to suffer or anything. A mother would never want her child in trouble. But if she really cannot go on living there, then I'm very happy to have her back in my arms."
On condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, a police officer told The Associated Press, that the father was a convicted sex offender.?
While the mother had previously said she was happy to have the twin girl stay with the Australian parents, the reports about the father's past had raised doubts in her mind.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the case of a six-month old baby abandoned by his Australian parents because he had Down's Syndrome is "an incredibly sad story."
He said it was one of the pitfalls of surrogacy and added: "I hate to think that a child could be abandoned like that."
Donations of almost £100,000 have come in for a baby boy left with his surrogate mother after his new parents found out he had Down's Syndrome. The couple left him in Thailand but took his twin sister who does not have Downs back to Australia with them.
ITV News reporter Sejal Karia reports:
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Six-month-old Gammy was abandoned by his Australian parents when they discovered he had Down syndrome and a congenital heart condition.