August 22, 2012
Men 'war' for baby - Both claim to be the father - Mom unsure
Today, we continue with our buzz-worthy feature, Paternity Puzzle.
The Paternity Puzzle feature attempts to help families solve paternity disputes. One lucky person each month will get a free test and reveal the truth once and for all.
This and every Wednesday, we publish the story of a mother and a suspected father, who will both give their sides in tales of allegations and denials.
Be sure to follow the series as THE STAR awards a free DNA test, sponsored by Caribbean Genetics, to the most interesting story for the month.
André Williams, STAR Writer
The results of the free DNA test in the Paternity Puzzle feature could be the only thing that may prevent a conflict between 25-year-old Corey Waltersand another man in his community.
Walters, a site labourer from time to time, is on a mission to prove that he is the father of the fourth child of his 28-year-old girlfriend Abigail Jones.
However, Abigail's first babyfather also thinks that he is the father of the one-month-old boy.
"Mi father say mi nuh fi give up this boy pickney because children nuh easy fi come by, so mi have to stand up pan mi foot and fight for this one," reasoned Corey to THE STAR.
"A long time mi check fi har enuh ... from when she and her first babyfather did deh, " he said.
He and Abigail, who were introduced by a friend in 2005, have been in and out of a relationship. Abigail produced three daughters before the baby in question and her first babyfather, according to Corey, has owned all three girls including the one Corey insists he gave up to him.
He said: Mi nuh really have no doubts that this little boy is mine enuh but a because mi give up the first one (her third child) to her first babyfather ... Now I want to be sure and prove to him that this boy is my son.
Abigail: It kinda embarrassing but because I was seeing dem both at the same time mi nuh sure is whose child really. The other man a mi first babyfather so you know we been on and off between arguments.
This confusion has now led to what could become a conflict between Walters and Abigail's former lover.
Walters: Mi jus' nuh like the vibes weh this a bring and mi want it end. Is either me kill him or him kill me ... We ago stab it out or shoot it out because him a gwan like a his child. Me buy fruits and everything bring go up a Jubilee last month for her, and when mi look a di first babyfather mi see at her bedside ... We nearly fight, a police haffi stop we pan di ward, so mi just tek up the fruits and cut.
She said: Mi did tell Corey not to come to the hospital enuh cause mi never want the embarrassment. Him come a di hospital and diss mi up and leave and nuh give me the fruits.
He said: Everybody ina di community knows about it cause a bare vibes the confusion a bring. Him love walk pass and pree me ... him live up the road and I live down the road.
She said: Di people dem know wah gwan yes cause when him nuh get fi see mi a dem time deh him style mi up and talk a bag a tings.
He said: The baby look like me because all of us brown, it run in my family. Her first babyfather is black and him know dat.
She said: The baby look like Corey! The people dem ina di yard say so.
Since the child's birth on July 3, the child has not been registered because of this uncertainty about who is the father.
Abigail: A because mi confuse and I want to ensure I making the right choice because mi did a deal wid both Corey and mi first babyfather at the same time.
She further said: I want the result to show that it is Corey's son.
He also said that he wants the test to prove that the child is his and if it isn't; "Mi jus' a go step aside cause mi nah go want nothing to do with the child. That would be his (Abigail's other kids father) responsibility."
She said: I don't know what I would do if is not his but a jus' so.