October 10, 2012
I don't think the baby is mine
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter
Thirty-nine-year-old Fenton Sommers* is already the father of a teenage son, however, he told THE STAR recently that he will not fully accept a 10-month-old baby girl in question until a DNA test is done.
For several years, Sommers said that he was in a committed relationship with Stacy Brady, 40, until he was being accused of having an affair with his neighbour.
Brady, a businesswoman, and mother of five children, says that the alleged affair between Sommers and his neighbour pushed her into a lonely place and a short-lived relationship with another man.
A trucker by profession, Sommers said that physical features are not enough to call a child his, as some people look alike and they are not related.
The couple met in 2007, in Kingston.
Both Brady and Sommers are now living apart and are unsure about a future together.
She said: "Our relationship started out well. It was a good relationship until I started hearing that he was involved with a woman from next door. Each time I used to ask him about it, him deny it."
He said: "We had a good relationship even when she was pregnant and even now, we talk almost everyday and see each other like three or four times for the week. The type of job that I do allows me to see her, Even today (yesterday), I saw her and the child."
She said: "I live in St James now but I used to go by his home in St Catherine, but after a while I was uncomfortable when I started hearing about him and his neighbour and so I started to stay away and that was when I started feeling lonely."
He said: "I have been to her house and saw her man that she claims that she was no longer with, there and when I asked her about it she said that she didn't know why he was there. The man was there at her house cooking.
Brady told THE STAR that after breaking it off with Sommers she dated a man from her community for around eight months and then she went back in a relationship with Sommers.
She said: "The child looks like Sommers and based on how I worked out the pregnancy, the child was conceived around the time that I was seeing Sommers."
Brady believes that the child is for Sommers, as she claims that she had broken off the relationship with the other man months before she had rekindled her love interest with Sommers.
In another instance, Brady said that she was not 100 per cent sure about the child's paternity as she was using her informal calculations about when the child was conceived.
He said: "Nothing happened between me and my neighbour. We have been friends for years and you know how women can be jealous and so on. Somebody told her (Brady) about me and my friend and dem never even carry di news good."
She said: "Each time I would ask him about the next door neighbour, he would deny it. But, I would really love if he could get the DNA test done because I would want to put an end to this."
He said: "The child resembles some of my cousins yes, but, I have to be certain because some of the times you don't even know when you should believe her. One night I asked her where she was and she said that she was by her mom and I gave her a surprise and told her that I was outside at the door and it turned out that she wasn't home. She later confessed that she was by a male friend. Sometimes, you just don't know when to believe because she is a crier. She would tell you a lie and then cry and later confess the truth."
Sommers said that he believes that Brady was seeing the other man and the doubts that he has about his daughter will not disappear without a DNA test.
She said: "I don't know if we are going back together. I know that he really wants the DNA test. I am not pushing anything right now. I guess we both want the DNA test."
He said: "I don't know how I would react if I should get back a negative DNA test because presently the child is in my name and I am supporting her. I don't know how I would react in a position like that."
Today, we continue with our buzz-worthy feature, Paternity Puzzle. Below is the winning story for the month of August.
The feature will continue to attempt to help families solve paternity disputes. One more lucky person will get a free test and reveal the truth once and for all.
This and every Wednesday we will publish the story of a mother and an alleged 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.