By Christina Wood
A couple claim cruel online bullies told them their miracle baby daughter will go to hell – because her transgender father gave birth to her.
Dimitri Darden, who was born female and formerly known as Tori, decided to pause his transition to male so he could fall pregnant by a sperm donor after discovering his fiancée was unable to conceive.
But the couple claim their ‘miracle’ tot Senna has now become the target of callous taunts by strangers who attacked Dimitri, 23, and partner Candyce Creekmore’s decision – even telling them the six-week-old baby is condemned to hell.
Candyce, 32, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, said: “It was all Dmitri’s idea. He wanted to carry the baby and now we have this beautiful little girl.
“People have told us that the baby is going to hell – it’s so hurtful. I want to open people’s minds a bit more and to encourage people to do something similar.
“He doesn’t let what other people say bother him. I just don’t understand what the big deal is.
“We’ve just had a baby and it is such an amazing thing that it was even possible.
“When we were told that I couldn’t get pregnant he stopped the transition. I cried for about two hours because I couldn’t do it myself – I don’t remember that day a lot.
“I didn’t expect it to happen this way but it’s a miracle.”
Carer Candyce, who has two other children from a past marriage, couldn’t conceive due to complications from a previous pregnancy.
The couple first met in 2011 when Dimitri was still known by his female name but it wasn’t until 2015 that their relationship became romantic when he began life as a man.
The 23-year-old carpenter had been on testosterone for eight months and living as Dimitri since 2013 before stopping to get pregnant via a sperm donation in June 2016.
Dad-of-two Dimitri, who has another daughter from a previous relationship, will continue with testosterone shots and is considering surgery to complete his transition once he finishes feeding Senna.
Candyce said: “It all happened really quickly. We were together for about a year and we decided we wanted to have another baby.
“We were friends first. I always identified as a straight female and I fell in love with him as a man.
“When we first met he hadn’t come out as transgender yet and that was six years ago, we were friends all the way up until I had to move away for a while.
“When I returned in 2015 my friends told me that Tori was now a guy, I thought my friends were playing a trick on me.
“I had never heard of anything like that before but it turned out to be a real thing that is a lot more common than I thought.
“Tori and Dimitri are two different people. I wasn’t attracted to females and I never even considered it. Then I met Dimitri and he was this amazing person, there was a big difference.
“Tori was more shy and not very confident. He is now more outspoken. He’s the life of the party and it has given him a lot of confidence.”
Mum-of-three Candyce said that although they have experienced nasty comments, they also had a lot of support from friends and family.
Candyce said: “We have some good friends that have been supportive through this whole journey – we’ve really only lost one friend.
“Some of his family members were not okay with the decision and it annoyed him that they would be against us having the baby.
“Regardless, he’s an amazing daddy and is so good with her.”
Dimitri said: “I love being a daddy and having another baby girl to watch over and protect.”
DIMITRI AND CANDYCE: TIMELINE
2011 – Candyce and Tori meet as friends
2013 – Tori begins living as Dimitri
2015 – Candyce and Dimitri become a couple
Nov 2015 – Dimitri begins transitioning using testosterone
June 2016 – Dimitri falls pregnant via sperm donation
Jan 2017 – Dimitri gives birth to Senna