Gammy: Biological parents deny wanting to leave him behind

The biological parents of baby Gammy said they wanted him as well as his twin sister but 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 Channel Nine, that they had little choice but to leave Thailand after the children's surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua had told them "if we try to take our little boy, she's going to get the police and she's going to keep both of the babies".

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Australian father 'regretful over child sex offences'

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.

I've been convicted of child sex offences and I hang my head in shame for that and I am deeply regretful and I'm so, so sorry to those people.

– David Farnell

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