LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend arrived in Kentucky from the Bahamas on Tuesday with their infant daughter and said he is looking forward to introducing the baby to his family.
"It just feels good to be home," Larry Birkhead said after stepping off a private jet and walking up to a fence where more than a dozen photographers and reporters were gathered.
Birkhead said he plans to show off 7-month-old Dannielynn to his family in Louisville and "relax and horse around."
He said his plans include attending the Barnstable Brown party on Friday, a celebrity-packed gala on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The event is where he and Smith first met when he was working as a freelance photographer.
He said Tuesday the baby had an easy flight.
"She did great," he said.
At a private terminal at the Louisville airport, people could be seen moving a variety of baby gear off the plane and into the back of an SUV. An infant car seat, facing away from reporters, was taken off the plane and put in the back seat of the SUV. A few minutes later Birkhead got into the vehicle and it drove off.
Birkhead, a 34-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles, was authorized by a judge last week to take the girl out of the Bahamas. The ruling followed legal battles by Birkhead to prove his paternity claim and gain custody following the former Playboy playmate's death in February from an accidental drug overdose.
A new Bahamian birth certificate listing Birkhead as the father was issued in line with a court order last week, removing the name of Smith's last companion, Howard K. Stern. Stern had been caring for the girl in the oceanfront home in the Bahamas he shared with Smith.