Woman defends herself after husband says she gave up newborn with Down syndrome

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ARMENIA (PIX11) — A woman accused by her husband of divorcing him and giving up their newborn son after learning he was born with Down syndrome reportedly called the decision the “hardest moment” of her life.

Samuel Forrest originally told ABC News that when his new wife found out their son Leo had Down syndrome, she told him to choose between their marriage or their son.

But now Forrest’s wife is saying she never gave him that ultimatum.

Baby Leo is now in the sole care of his father. (Photo: GoFundMe)

Baby Leo is now in the sole care of his father. (Photo: GoFundMe)

Ruzan Badalyan posted on her Facebook page that choosing what do to was the “hardest moment” of her life.

Badalyan says in her post that a demand was never made and she wanted to discuss Leo’s future with her husband, but wasn’t given the opportunity to.

“I faced two options: to take care of the child on my own in Armenia, or to abandon my maternal instincts and extend the baby an opportunity to enjoy a decent life with his father in New Zealand. I went for the second option,” Badalyan says in her post.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money to take Leo back to New Zealand. It has raised nearly half a million dollars as of Saturday.

Read Badalyan’s post below: