Judge de­clines to ap­point guardian for frozen em­bryos

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PONTIAC | A sub­ur­ban Detroit judge has de­clined to ap­point a guardian for frozen em­bryos while she de­ter­mines whether she can in­ter­vene in a dis­pute over their con­trol.

Glo­ria Karungi wants cus­tody over as many as 10 frozen em­bryos. She be­lieves a baby born from one of them could po­ten­tially help a daugh­ter with sickle cell dis­ease.

But her for­mer part­ner no longer wants to par­tic­i­pate. Ron­aldlee Ejalu says his con­sent to im­plant an em­bryo is nec­es­sary, un­der a con­tract with a clinic.

Judge Lisa Lang­ton on Tues­day re­jected Ms. Karungi’s re­quest to ap­point a guardian over the em­bryos. She says it’s out­side the scope of her im­me­di­ate task: whether the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of Oak­land County court has any au­thor­ity in a con­tract dis­pute.

Judge Lang­ton will hear ar­gu­ments June 20. Mr. Ejalu wants the case dis­missed.

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