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Australian couple accused of abandoning Down Syndrome baby deny they knew about him

Published on Aug 4, 2014 10:20 AM

SYDNEY - An Australian couple accused of leaving their Down Syndrome baby in Thailand while returning home with his healthy twin sister deny that they knew about the baby boy, Australian media reported.

In a dramatic new twist to the story that has captivated the world's attention, the ABC is quoting the unidentified father as saying a Thai surrogacy clinic doctor only told them about the baby girl.

The man was quoted as saying he had a lot of trouble with the surrogacy agency and had been told it no longer existed, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

But the baby boy Gammy's Thai surrogate mother Pattharamon Janbua, 21, said earlier the parents told her they could not take Gammy because they are too old to care for twins.

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is fed by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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