October 16, 2013
MOM SEEKS DNA AFTER 17 YEARS
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter
After fending for his daughter for 17 years, Andre Baileysays he has never called his child a 'jacket', and he doesn't have a clue as to why his ex-wife is insisting on him doing a DNA test.
Bailey, 38, told THE STAR that he and Joan Taylorsplit over 15 years ago, and he has full custody of their two children.
He said: "It come like a mad she mad, I swear. I don't know where all of dis DNA come from".
The ex-wife, Joan Taylor, 37, said that she is insisting on getting a DNA test for her daughter, because he (Bailey) constantly calls his child a jacket.
Bailey has not admitted to THE STAR that he has never called his daughter a jacket, but he said that he has no problem doing a DNA test to know the facts.
He said: "I don't know which man who wouldn't want to know if a child in fact belongs to them. I have never called my daughter a jacket, why would I?
Bailey said that he has a history of taking good care of all his children and he has fully accepted all of them.
Taylor said that the two were high-school sweethearts, who got married early, however, she said that Bailey walked out on her.
She said: We got separated a long time ago, our marriage didn't even last for a year. It was not until he filed for full custody of our kids, that he started expressing doubts about her daughter.
He said: Is a long time we mash up, and di two of us move. I don't know where all of this is coming from now, but she insist to do a DNA, I have no problem with that.
She said: The court gave him full custody of the kids back in around 2003 because of sanitary concerns, that was then. But from him meet a new woman, I think she started influencing him to get a DNA test.
He said: Mi nuh know why woman and woman can't get along. Mi nuh know where she get dat from. I just know that whenever my woman dem start to misbehave, I just take my children and move on.
She said: I know him probably hate me, but when him call my daughter jacket, it hurts me and hurts the child even more.
When asked what would he do if he should get a negative DNA test, Bailey said, I would sue her (Taylor), and take her to court and take it to the Lord in prayer."
She said: I am 100 per cent sure that my daughter belongs to him (Bailey) because I wasn't involved with no other man at that time. My daughter don't look like me, she looks like her dad's side of the family and everybody can see that. I want to fix his doubts, I can't afford a DNA test, so I just want to prove once and for all that my daughter has the right dad.
He said: Mi love mi yute dem, mi school dem, and mi done accept dem already still.
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