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Soldiers widow says dispute over husbands sperm resolved
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    ATLANTA — The widow of a Georgia-based soldier killed in Iraq said Monday her mother-in-law has agreed not to stand in the way of her efforts to be artificially inseminated with her husband’s sperm so she can have his baby.
    Before he died March 31 of wounds suffered when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad, Army Sgt. Dayne Darren Dhanoolal, 26, had talked often with his wife of 13 months about having children, according to court papers filed by the wife’s lawyer.
    Dhanoolal (pronounced Dan-oo-lahl) had signed a military form designating his mother, Monica Brown, as the person to handle disposition of his remains if he died while serving. After his death, however, a probate judge appointed his wife, Kynesha, as temporary administrator of his estate. The wife maintains that gives her control of her husband’s remains. He did not have a will.
    A federal judge in Columbus, Ga., granted a request Friday by the widow for a temporary restraining order preventing the military from embalming the soldier’s body until after samples of his sperm were extracted from his body.
    The samples were taken later that day and are in the custody of a medical representative for the widow, who asserted in court papers that her husband’s mother had refused to acknowledge the couple’s wishes regarding children.
    ‘‘There’s no battle anymore,’’ Kynesha Dhanoolal said Monday after speaking with her mother-in-law over the weekend.
    The widow’s attorney, Frank Myers, said emotions got in the way of reaching an agreement earlier. But, now, he said, ‘‘I think everybody is on the same page.’’
    It will be up the court to determine who will get possession of the sperm. As of Monday, an agreement had not been filed with the court.
    ‘‘Hopefully, the peace will last and everybody will be happy in the end,’’ Myers said.
    Brown, the soldier’s mother, did not return a call to her Killeen, Texas, home on Monday seeking comment. It was not known if she has an attorney.
    Meanwhile, Dhanoolal’s body was expected to be flown Monday from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Texas, where a funeral is planned this Friday, according to the widow’s family.
    The widow’s mother, Yvonne Watkins, said her daughter hopes to have her husband’s sperm artificially inseminated as early as this summer assuming all goes well with the legal issue and her doctor approves.
    ‘‘We’re trying to honor my daughter and Darren’s wishes,’’ Watkins said. ‘‘All of his comrades and anyone who knew them knew he wanted children.’’
    Dhanoolal was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, in west Georgia.
    A Fort Benning spokeswoman did not immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

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