No. 18634.

876 S.W.2d 762 (1994)

In re ADOPTION OF J___ P___ S___ and M___ E___ S___. A___ B___ and J___ B___, Petitioners-Respondents, v. J___ E___ S___, Defendant-Appellant.

Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Division One.

Motion for Rehearing or Transfer Denied May 6, 1994.

Application to Transfer Denied June 21, 1994.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James M. Kelly, Republic, for defendant appellant.

Kent O. Hyde, William C. Love, Harrison, Tucker & Hyde, Springfield, for petitioners respondents.

SHRUM, Judge.

The biological father, J___ E___ S___ (Appellant), appeals from a decree entered January 21, 1993, adjudging the adoption of his two children by A__ B__ and J__ B__ (Respondents), maternal grandparents of the children. Appellant challenges the validity of the adoption decree, saying that Respondents did not have nine months "lawful custody" of the children before the decree, without which the adoption could not be ordered. He also insists that the trial...

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