UNIONTOWN, Ohio (PIX11) — A white woman is reportedly suing a Chicago sperm bank after mistakenly being inseminated with the sperm of an African-American donor.
Jennifer Cramblett and her same-sex partner Amanda Zinkon of Uniontown decided to start a family in 2011 and narrowed down donors at Midwest Sperm bank. The couple eventually decided on No. 380, a Caucasian man, and Cramblett became pregnant in December 2011, PIX11 affiliate FOX 8 reports.
The couple wanted to order more vials from the same donor, as they planned to have more children, and found out Cramblett was actually inseminated with sperm from donor No. 330, an African-Amercian man.
The lawsuit contends someone misread an “8” as a “3.”
Cramblett gave birth to Payton, “a beautiful, obviously mixed raced baby girl,” on August 21, 2012.
The couple says they are fearful of the experiences their daughter will have to face growing up in their “all-white community” and with their “often unconsciously insensitive family.”
“…[S]he lives in an all-white community in eastern Ohio. She did not encounter any African-American people until she entered college,” Cramblett’s lawyer, Thomas Intili, told NBC News. “Not all her friends and family members are racially sensitive.”
“She has bonded with the child and she loves Payton very much,” Intili added.
Handling the toddler’s hair is also proving difficult for the couple.
“Getting a young daughter’s hair cut is not particularly stressful for most mothers, but to Jennifer it is not a routine matter, because Payton has hair typical of an African American girl,” according to the lawsuit.
“To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.”
“They’ve made the one mistake a sperm bank can’t make,” the attorney said. “It’s not like she was ordering pizza.”
The couple is reportedly seeking over $50,000 in damages.