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Anna Nicole's Ex, Mother Return to Court

Anna Nicole's Ex, Mother Return to Court

Anna Nicole Smith's mother and ex-boyfriend returned to court Friday in the battle for custody of the late Playboy Playmate's infant daughter.
Former boyfriend Larry Birkhead, the baby's father, said he hopes the hearing will finally end the dispute. "I'm hoping that I can leave any minute with my daughter," said Birkhead, a Los Angeles photographer, to reporters outside the courthouse in downtown Nassau. "We'll see what happens."
The hearing was closed to the public and the media and lawyers declined comment on the case.
Birkhead and Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, have tried in recent days to reach an agreement that would have ended her legal bid for custody of Dannielynn, who could inherit a fortune from the estate of her mother. Smith, 39, collapsed and died from an accidental drug overdose in February.
A DNA expert revealed earlier this month that Birkhead was Dannielynn's father and Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern, has said he supports the former boyfriend's custody bid. Stern also attended Friday's court hearing.