Thursday, March 26, 2009

13 year-old father Alfie Patten... isn't

Several weeks ago, I noted the tragic story of 13-year old Alfie Patten and his 15-year old girlfriend Chantelle, who had just become parents.

Well. The story is still tragic, but for a different reason.

A DNA test reportedly proves that Alfie is not, in fact, the father.

Alfie Patten was believed to be Britain's youngest father after his 15-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle Steadman, gave birth to baby girl Maisie. But then many other boys claimed they also slept with the mother, who had previously said that Alfie was the only boy she had slept with. As a result, Alfie took a DNA test, which indicated that he's not the father.

The Mirror reports:

    The result will be a blow to Alfie who was "devastated" by the boys' claims and "adored" Maisie.

    He was convinced he was the dad after a single night of unprotected sex with Chantelle.

    Before he took the test, he said: "I didn't know about DNA tests before but mum explained it's when they do a swab in your mouth and it tells if you're the dad. So if I have it, they can all shut up."

    His mum Nicole, 43, added at the time: "It had not even crossed Alfie's mind whether Chantelle had not been faithful to him. He's absolutely devastated that these lads say they slept with her."
Kind of a bad news/good news situation, I think.

The bad news: your girlfriend cheated on you.

The good news: You're not a father at the age of thirteen!

Run free, Alfie. Run free.

And use a condom next time... whenever that is.

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