Eager to show visitors i Phone pics of the boy, the proud papa also notes what’s absent in every shot — the child’s mother.Asks Sally, “What good Christian woman would abandon a child? He wants love and I’m scared: Am I giving him enough? ” LJ’s mother — Sally’s ex-wife, “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd — has never met the boy, who was conceived via a donor egg and carried by a surrogate, both of which Shepherd pursued and paid for.
“It allowed us to find a woman in the [egg bank’s] database who matched Sherri’s facial characteristics.” Meanwhile, Sally, who had previously been a staff writer on the sitcom “Rodney,” was having trouble finding work.Shepherd must pay child support until the boy is 18.“I got painted as a gold digger, that I used Sherri,” says Sally.A heartbroken Sally was booked the next day for emergency dental surgery. 5, 2014, should have been the happiest day of Sally’s life. — the name he and Sherri had chosen together — for the first time, emotions ran to polar extremes. I was happy to have my son, but I was extremely angry.” It turned out LJ had a genetic blood disease called G6PD, a condition that causes red blood cells to break down in response to certain medications and infections.After the procedure, his doctor told him he shouldn’t fly for three days. Jeffrey wrapped himself around his father figure and refused to let go. Sally’s first thought struck fear in him: LJ had no insurance.He became a house-husband and Jeffrey’s main caretaker. She appreciated it — to a certain degree.” He compares his wife, who had no comment on the allegations in this story, to Jekyll and Hyde.He and his new stepson were inseparable, enjoying after-school games of basketball and trips to Chuck E. “When Sherri was out of town, we would have ‘Sal and Jeffrey Day.’ “I tried to make life easy for her,” he says. “One minute she would say, ‘I couldn’t do “DWTS” if you weren’t in my life’ — because I took care of Jeffrey,” Lamar says.“ ‘I feel less than a woman because I can’t give you a kid,’ ” Sally remembers his sobbing wife telling him.Plan B: The couple would use a donor egg, but not just any old donor.Sally says that weekly couples-counseling sessions had little effect on helping his wife trust him. “She seemed excited to see the ultrasound,” Barthomelew tells The Post.But one month later, during therapy, Sally claims Shepherd blindsided him.