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Florence-Firestone: 'We ... decided to make a life together'

June 17, 2008 |  9:54 am

Purple At the cramped county clerk's office in the Florence-Firestone district, Florastine Hillis, 30, a county probation officer, and Asusena Montes, 32, a youth shelter worker, arrived with their 2-year-old daughter, Kayla. 

The couple met sharing a cab from the train station to a dormitory at Fresno State in 1996 and remained friends for several years before becoming romantically involved in 2004.

Montes said, "We started hanging out more and decided to make a life together."

The couple lives in Bell Gardens. In 2005, Hillis' brother donated sperm so Montes could give birth to Kayla. Hillis hopes she is now pregnant with sperm donated by Montes' brother.

-- Sam Quinones

Florastine Hillis, left, and Asusena Montes with their daugher, Kayla, 2.