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Kimberly Mays and Arlena Twigg were born within a few days of each other in a Wauchula, Florida hospital in November 1978. Kimberly went home with Bob Mays and his wife, Barbara, who died from ovarian cancer when Kimberly was three. Ernest and Regina Twigg of Sebring, Florida took home the Mays' biological daughter, whom they named Arlena. The Twiggs learned that Arlena had the wrong blood type to be their biological daughter at age 9. Following Arlena's death, the Twiggs sought information about their biological daughter and located Kimberly Mays, who was later the subject of a custody battle between her biological parents, and Bob Mays, the man who raised her after she was switched at birth. Bob Mays had agreed in 1989 to grant the Twiggs visitation rights to Kimberly, but later cut off the visits. The Twiggs then sued for increased visitation or custody of Kimberly. A Wauchula, Florida circuit court ruled in 1993 that Kimberly would be allowed to cut off all contacts with her biological family and that Bob Mays was her psychological father (photo shown is from May of 1993, Kimberly in court with Bob Mays). Though Kimberly won the right to stay with Bob Mays, she later ran away and moved in with the Twiggs. Her early adulthood was troubled, as she battled marital woes and lost custody of her own child for a time. The news story inspired the 1991 TV movie, Switched at Birth..CONTACT Carla Hotvedt at SILVER IMAGE Photo Agency and Weddings 352.373-5771 or carla@silverimagephotoagency.com.
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