The US mother who sold her twins to a British couple over the internet tried to force her way back into the kids’ lives 17 years later by ‘hijacking’ their graduation.
Tranda Wecker offloaded her identical daughters for her share of £8,200 in 2001 when they were just six months old.
The girls, Kiara and Keyara, 18, wanted nothing to do with their birth mother after the hurt she caused them throughout their lives.
But this year Wecker drove 600 miles from Florida to crash their high school graduation in Missouri and act like she’d played a role in their upbringing.
Tranda Wecker (pictured this week) hijacked her twin daughters’ high school graduation 17 years after trying to sell them online
Ready for university: The twins, pictured together at graduation, want nothing to do with their birth mother after the hurt she caused them
‘Tranda recently came up to attend the girls’ high school graduation in May but they knew what she was doing,’ their adoptive mother told the Mirror.
‘She wanted that picture with them to share in their success. The success was down to the girl’s hard work, nothing less.
‘The girls saw through it. They have met only a handful of times. Sometimes they have refused to see her they’ve been hurt so much.’
The sisters, who were brought up knowing about their extraordinary story, are now 18 and are studying social sciences at university
Alan and Judith Kilshaw (pictured with the children) tried to buy them on the internet for £8,200 in 2001. Right: The girls on their 16th birthday
A former close friend of Wecker said she wanted to be pictured with the girls in their ceremonial gowns to make it look like she’d played a part in their lives.
When confronted about it, Wecker claimed ‘they were still her girls’ before being pictured for the first time in recent years.
Social services remove the twins from the care of the Kilshaws at The Beaufort Park Hotel in Wales in January 2001
Alan and Judith Kilshaw from Buckley, North Wales, bought the Missouri-born twins over the internet 17 years ago in a deal that shocked the world.
The deal was already completed and the twins taken back to Wales when the Kilshaws realized a California couple had already paid to take custody of the kids through an adoption agency – all thanks to a scam perpetrated by their birth mother.
The FBI got involved, sparking an international legal battle that finally ended with the children being raised by a third set of foster parents in Missouri.
But in 2006 Wecker had vowed to regain full custody of the children. She won access to see them that year.
Wecker, who has now given birth to six children including a four-year-old boy, is alleged to have tried to cash in on a book deal telling her story about the scandal.
She’s now locked in a bitter custody battle with her third husband, Toney Miller, over their little boy Conrad.
Under the terms of the agreement between them, Conrad is supposed to sleep at the homes of each parent when in their care but Wecker has reportedly been taking the youngster to her new lover’s home.
They stayed over at new boyfriend Chris Fultz’s third-floor apartment for several nights, according to the Mirror.
Mr Miller said he’d never stop fighting to get Conrad away from his mother and into a ‘stable and loving environment’.