Woman ‘Steals’ Ex-Boyfriend’s Sperm And Executes Most Disturbing Revenge Plot, Ever

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shutterstock_18224611I’ve seen women and men alike do some strange things after they get dumped. Sometimes heartbreak or anger leaves people not in their right minds. But this story of a woman who somehow managed to steal her ex-boyfriend’s sperm from a sperm bank and inseminate herself takes the cake.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tobie Devall, of Sulphur, Louisiana, somehow managed to “bluff” her way into removing two vials of her ex-boyfriend’s sperm from a sperm bank. To make the story even weirder, she allegedly left the sperm bank with the vials in a paper bag, took them “next door” to a fertility clinic, handed them over and had herself inseminated. How in the world did this happen?

Under Louisiana state law, the ex-boyfriend, Layne Hardin, is expected to pay $1,000 dollars a month in child support for the now two-year-old boy. As you may have guessed, Hardin is suing the sperm bank, alleging an “utter lack of safeguards and protections.” No kidding. He had stored his sperm there years ago, to use with a different ex-girlfriend. Devall became aware of the stored sperm when her and Hardin went to the fertility clinic next door to discuss their own options for pregnancy:

In March 2008, they went to the fertility clinic to discuss pregnancy options for Devall. She was aware he already had his sperm stored at the clinic next door, according to Bernsen.

After a volatile on-again, off-again relationship that lasted about five years, the 44-year-old Hardin left the woman in 2011.

According to court documents, in November of that year, Devall walked into the Texas sperm bank and asked to obtain Hardin’s semen, which was handed to her in two vials that were placed inside a ‘paper lunch sack,’ no questions asked.

This is all sorts of crazy that never should have happened. Unfortunately, in these situations it’s not just about two feuding exes. There is a child here that has an amazingly dysfunctional birth story. Hardin has never seen the child because Devall allegedly won’t allow it. Devall claims that Hardin knew about the whole insemination plan and was okay with it. What a mess.

It’s stories like this one that make me feel like a pretty well-adjusted human being. At least I’ve never stolen anyone’s sperm!

(photo: Joshua Resnick/


  1. Emmali Lucia

    March 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    He shouldn’t have to pay any child support, I’d take THAT to court.

    Aren’t there dozens of laws that make it crystal clear that if you have a sperm-bank baby the biological father is not responsible in the slightest? How does the fact that they once dated negate that fact?

    • StephKay

      March 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      It sounds like this man has a bit of fertility trouble and had gone for consultations with a fertility clinic with at least two girlfriends. After the break up I would imagine she just told the clinic that they had decided to go ahead with an IUI or whatever they had planned prior to the breakup, and just neglected to mention they were no longer together. The clinic probably figured he was just at work or something and unable to attend, since he’d already been in to discuss having a baby with this woman.

      It’s a really really terrible thing (reproductive abuse is a terrible terrible thing, and isn’t given the respect it deserves.) I can see why the situation isn’t the same as just a standard sperm donor situation where the donor is protected. She’s at fault, she gave fraudulent info to get the sample, its just may be tricky for him to prove it.

    • chickadee

      March 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Stored sperm is different from donated sperm. Donated is anonymous.

  2. AP

    March 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This is a case where the kid should be put up for adoption. Clearly the mother isn’t fit to raise a child, and the father shouldn’t be financially on the hook for a baby he didn’t even remotely consent to.

  3. Nick12345678

    March 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Classic case of spank robbery. This never woulda happened if he used direct deposit.

  4. James

    November 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    She’s looking for a meal ticket and a really mean way of getting revenge on an ex. The one who will suffer the most is the child-she should lose custody and the kid either placed into 3rd party adoption or custody of the father if he’s emotionally/financially/mentally capable of being the father and interested in doing so.
    Kind of reminds me of a story told by an former male military friend who was stationed in South Korea at one point. The sex workers (i.e. massage parlor girls, prostitutes) would sometimes try to get pregnant by volunteering to throw away the guy’s condom after sex and placing the semen inside the condom into their vagina. The baby was a means to get free housing and healthcare by the military and a free meal ticket to the US. If that didn’t work out, they could always collect child support from the father if he wasn’t interested in being a father and taking her in. Fortunately, my friend wasn’t stupid enough to partake in those activities.

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  6. Chuck

    January 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm


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