Court names Sherri Shepherd the mother of baby born via surrogate

Sherri Shepherd is legally the mother of a baby born via surrogate after she and Lamar Sally split, court says

The court has spoken: Sherri Shepherd is legally the mother of a baby boy who was born via surrogate last summer after she and Lamar Sally decided to get divorced.

Outside a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday, People reported, Sally called the victory "bittersweet." Shepherd did not appear in court for the closed proceedings, the mag said. 

Lamar Sally Jr., who Sally said was conceived with his sperm and a donor egg, with Shepherd's agreement, was born in late July. The couple had begun divorce proceedings in May 2014, and they quickly turned nasty.

Before the Tuesday decision, the surrogate who carried "L.J." had been listed as the mother on the boy's birth certificate. Shepherd had, according to E! News, previously filed papers asking to be relieved of her of parental rights and responsibilities, which would have meant she was off the hook for child-support payments to Lamar Sally Jr.

"Sherri doesn't want anything to do with the child and refuses to pay any child support," a source told FOX411 last July. "She is not budging and is completely detached. She feels very just in her actions and claims the child is not hers."

Craig Bluestein, a legal representative for the baby, told People on Tuesday that the evidence included video showing the former panelist on "The View" "expressing excitement over her and Lamar going to have a baby through the help of a surrogate carrier with no genetic connection."

Sally said he was returning to L.A. to care for his infant son.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Shepherd was in New York tweeting about spending time with her 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, who was a preemie and also was the subject of another recent court battle (she won that one).

"In Harlem w Jeffrey @CornerSocialNY restaurant celebrating our pre-birthday," the "Dancing With the Stars" alum said. "This little one born at 5 mos 1lb 10 oz and almost dying almost took me out - I never thought I would smile again but God is amazing... He has a purpose and a plan - if I can make it thru almost losing my child then NOTHING can be worse than that. Surviving is in my DNA! #keepsmiling."

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