A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that Sherri Shepherd is officially the mother of an 8-month-old born via a surrogate.
“It’s bittersweet,” Lamar Sally told PEOPLE.
“I’m glad it’s over, but I feel sad what it had to come to. Now I can go back to L.A. and tend to my son.”
Sally and Shepherd have been in a legal battle since Shepherd filed for divorce. Shepherd wanted no parts of the child born via a surrogate.
“There was some additional evidence put on the record involving some video clips involving Ms. Shepherd,” Craig Bluestein, a legal representative for the baby, told PEOPLE of the judge’s decision to hold Shepherd responsible.
Clips of a happy Shepherd were shared with her being ecstatic about having a baby via a surrogate. Although Shepherd did not appear in court, Sally’s legal team was pleased with the verdict.
“I feel very good,” said Bluestein. “I think little LJ, who is not yet 1 year old, needed some protection. Justice was served today.”