FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 23 -- Anna Nicole Smith's estranged mother filed an emergency request Friday to block her burial in the Bahamas, hours after attorneys for the centerfold's ex-boyfriend asked a judge to step into the paternity case involving Smith's baby.
Virgie Arthur filed the request with Judge Larry Seidlin, who a day earlier allowed the attorney for Smith's baby daughter to decide where the model could be buried.
Arthur had sought to bury Smith in her native Texas.
Seidlin left his chambers minutes after a clerk released the request, but he would not answer any questions. His judicial assistant said the request was under review, but the assistant did not know when a ruling would be made.
Earlier Friday, another judge voiced doubt about whether he had jurisdiction in the dispute over who fathered the daughter, 5-month-old Dannielynn.
Judge Lawrence Korda seemed skeptical that he could enter the paternity case, because Dannielynn was born and lives in the Bahamas with Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern.
Stern is listed as the father on the infant's birth certificate, but at least two other men claim to have fathered the girl.
Los Angeles photographer Larry Birkhead, Smith's ex-boyfriend, wants the court here to enforce a California judge's orders so he can get DNA samples from Smith's body and the baby.
Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, also says he may be the father.
A private hearing in the Bahamas to determine guardianship of the girl is expected to resume Monday between Stern and Smith's mother, who also is seeking custody. The judge in that case has barred Stern from taking the girl out of the Bahamas until a custody ruling.
Korda seemed at a loss as to how the case had landed in Florida, where Smith died two weeks ago of undetermined causes. She was 39.
"I'm trying to figure out what jurisdiction there could possibly be here," Korda said. "This child is in the Bahamas. The jurisdiction is in the Bahamas." But he added that he would examine the issue and rule quickly.