January 2, 2013
DNA test proves cop is dad
Today, we continue with our buzz-worthy feature, Paternity Puzzle. Below is the winning story for the month of December.
The feature will continue to attempt to help families solve paternity disputes. One more lucky person will get a free test to 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.
André Williams, STAR Writer
During the month of November, THE STAR published a series of 'police paternity feature stories'. Among them was a story dubbed, 'Cop fights to own child', which has been chosen as the one that will be awarded a free DNA test.
PolicemanLeon Grant, 42, requested a DNA test to prove that he is the real father of his ex-girlfriend 22-year-oldTiana Scott's one-year-old child.
The two knew each other since 2005 and dated on-and-off for seven years before somewhat parting ways.
Scott on her previous visit to THE STAR, seemed well relaxed as she began to give her story and was quoted as saying, "You know from when me want do a DNA and him tell mi say that him nah do none cause a his child."
Grant on the other hand countered saying, "No, a because she say a mine, now she switch a say a next man own."
He told THE STAR that this was the reason for finally moving towards the truth, to be certain if he was the daddy or not.
The two seemed uncertain when asked if their love/relationship meter was still running, however, they were on point, both agreeing that the results of a paternity test will bring closure to their issues and everybody can live happily ever after.
Scott said: "Honestly, mi wouldn't mind it swing his (Grant's) way still. But mi know in my heart it's not his. A di other yute own. With Grant as her father she would be better off in a lot of ways because the next man can only give love and care, plus him nuh really secure!"
When quizzed what the outcome would be if the result said Grant is the father, she said: "Well mi would just change it out and put Grant name on the birth papers. I have no problem. Mi nuh live with the next one ... Mi turn mi own key and do weh mi want do."
THE STAR was told that only the surname of the man, who Scott says she is 95 per cent sure is the father, sits on the child's birth certificate.
Grant, yesterday after it was confirmed he was the winner of the paternity test, told THE STAR he is feeling like a king in the new year to know that he will get the opportunity to bring closure to the matter.
In an earlier interview he expressed, "I have doubts because what she a tell me don't add up. One time she tell mi say from mi and her start have sex, she never feel so yet. She was complaining about how she was feeling and ting. When mi link mi doctor fren dem, and take dem through the timing as how I knew it to be, they say if the baby go over in a October mi nuh fi look deh so ... . She had baby September so ..."
Grant also told THE STAR that he remains hopeful because he is convinced as well, that some of his family traits are visible on the child's feet.
He said: "A me, my father and sister alone have toes that lay over in our family, and the little girl toes are the same. People at my workplace tell me that the child look like me ... I just want to do the right thing at the end of the day."
Paternity Puzzle ...
Do you have any doubts that a child is yours or have you been denied access to a child that you know is yours? Well, here is the chance for you to find out the truth. Contact THE STAR at 932-6271/932-6249 or 932-6282 to share your story and qualify for a chance to get a free DNA test courtesy of Caribbean Genetics.