orders DNA test of to prove Anna Nicole's daughter's
Washington | March 21, 2007 12:11:19 PM IST
A judge in the Bahamas has ordered DNA tests of
late model Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn,
to find out her paternity.
The judge directed the former 'Playboy' playmate's
partner, Howard K. Stern, to submit his DNA sample
for testing along with that of the baby girl.
Experts conducting the examination will also
test Anna Nicole's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead's
The model's DNA samples had already been taken
after her tragic demise, and are currently stored
in a bag.
According to TMZ, the results of the DNA test
may be out later this week.
Birkhead is very excited about the tests because
if they confirm that he is the biological father
of Dannielynn, the court may give the baby's custody.
Mel Gibson Wants Paternity Test
Mel Gibson has demanded that his pregnant girlfriend
take a paternity test. The Braveheart star is
keen to determine if he really is the father of
Oksana Grigorieva’s unborn baby. “Mel
really loves Oksana, but he’s a businessman,
too. He really had no choice but to ask for a
DNA test,” an insider told American tabloid
the National Enquirer.
Gibson, 53, apparently agreed to seek a DNA test
after his grown children and close friends persuaded
him to make sure the baby is a rightful heir to
his estimated $1 billion fortune. “Some
of Mel’s closest friends in his church convinced
him that it’s the practical thing to do.
There’s just too much at stake,” the
insider added. “Mel doesn’t believe
that Oksana has been with anyone else, but after
hearing misgivings from his children and friends,
he decided he had no choice. Oksana wasn’t
happy about it, but once her baby is born, there
will be a paternity test. Mel was sick and tired
of the questions about Oksana’s loyalty,
but it finally got to him,” adds the source,
referring to rumors that Oksana had been seeing
her ex, award-winning music-producer David Foster.
“He didn’t want to bring up the subject
of a DNA test to her, but he realized he had no
choice. Some members of Mel’s family believe
Oksana is a gold digger. It’s hard for Mel
to hear that. He says he’s agreed to the
DNA test not for himself, but for his family.”
Men in doubt of paternity should bear all DNA
costs, says court
New Delhi A city court has held in a recent order
that in case a man disputes the fatherhood of
his child, he cannot ask his wife to share the
cost of a paternity test.
Deciding a revision petition on the issue of cost-sharing,
Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Garg held that
if a man questions his fatherhood, he has to pay
for the DNA tests and other such medical provisions
himself. There will be no liability on his wife,
the court ruled.
The case involved a couple who had filed for
separation. When the wife sought maintenance for
herself and her three daughters in a petition
filed before a magistrate, the husband challenged
the fatherhood of the youngest daughter and said
he could not be held liable for paying alimony
towards her maintenance. Allowing his application,
the magistrate, in July, had asked the woman to
share the cost of DNA test. The couple was asked
to appear before the Medical Superintendent of
the AIIMS to get paternity test done on the child.
Aggrieved, the woman then moved the Sessions
court to seek quashing of the order.
Differing from the magistrate’s order,
Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Garg took into
account relevant provisions of the Hindu Marriage
Act and observed that any child born to a married
couple is presumed to be legitimate and any party
questioning the same has to bear the sole onus
of rebutting the presumption. “Admittedly,
the child was born after the marriage of the parties
and hence there is presumption in favour of the
legitimacy of the child,” the judge ruled.
“If the respondent is disputing the legitimacy
of the child in question, the entire cost of DNA
test should be borne by the party challenging
The court also pulled up the magistrate for not
passing appropriate directions to AIIMS, where
doctors were to conduct the paternity test, and
sent back the court records with a directive to
issue correct instructions.
Attorney: Paternity test shows James Brown fathered
An attorney says a DNA test confirms James Brown
fathered the son of a woman who claimed to be
the singer's wife when he died.
Peter Shahid, an attorney for James Brown II,
said Friday that the boy was tested in April before
a South Carolina judge ordered a paternity test.
The results of the court-ordered test have not
been released. The boy is the 6-year-old son of
Tomi Rae Hynie, a former backup singer for the
" Godfather of Soul."
Trustees handling Brown's estate have suggested
that Hynie was not legally married to Brown and
that her boy is not his son. They were not mentioned
in Brown's will.
A call to a spokesman for Hynie and a message
left for Brown's trustees were not returned.
Brown died in December 2006.
“Who’s The Daddy?” - At Home Paternity Test Has
Mail in DNA paternity tests, the new over the
counter addition to the already overflowing market
of conception and pregnancy related products;
have sparked a new rage in the masses. The product
gets a warm welcome into an overly eager market.
Rite Aid is the nations leading drug store chain
and has 4,363 stores in 30 states and the District
In contrast to the hassles of the past which
required involvement of doctors ,lawyers, permissions,
months of waiting, public humiliation and hundreds
of dollars down the drain, the new present day
tests are not only easily available, light on
the pocket but, also allow the user to follow
a simple ‘do it yourself’ procedure,
reducing dependency to the minimum.
With a DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit, participants
of the test collect a DNA sample by rubbing a
swab inside their mouth. The samples, along with
consent forms and a lab fee are sent in an enclosed
postage-paid return envelope to the lab for processing.
Results are available from the lab within three
to five business days of receipt. Customers can
choose to receive results by mail, email, or online
through a secured Web service. All information
remains strictly confidential.
Paternity testing is nothing new. However, the
increased convenience of getting the kits is attracting
some parents who secretly want confirmation. With
more than one-third of all children born out of
wedlock, according to National Center for Health
Statistics 2003 data, determining paternity is
a growing concern.
Further more, the fact that the Consent of both
the partners is not necessary, is making the test
even more popular. Customers who want to take
or give the test secretly can find a used tissue,
cotton swab or bandage with dried blood on it
– just about anything that contains separate
DNA samples, and the task is done.
In a society where the dynamics of relationships
is undergoing a fast change and the institution
of marriage is often being challenged, it is common
to hear stories about how women have to chase
men for child support and how many men too are
being treated unfairly. It is here that the test
helps and it is here, that it finds firm ground.
With society, morals and relationships changing,
products like these are bound to be invented and
bound to be welcomed by one and all.
25 Sep 2005, 0240 hrs IST, Ketan Tanna, TNN
A moment that most men fear. Even married men.
The unemotional announcement of the woman, “I
think I am pregnant”. But there are men
who see a long plot when they hear it.
Like the 29-year-old resident of Hyderabad who
could not believe that after five years of failed
efforts to make an issue, his wife could be suddenly
carrying his child. His sperm count was low, doctors
had told him that.
After several sleepless nights during which he
searched for peace on Google, he discovered that
the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
(CCMB) in Hyderabad could conduct a paternity
test and solve the mystery for him.
To the officials there, he mumbled, "I do
not think the baby is mine." They said that
he should wait after the child has been delivered.
When the baby turned three months old, the mother
agreed to let her child’s blood prove her
innocence. The tests absolved her.
Today, there are several men and their curious
parents who are overtly and covertly seeking assistance
from a handful of forensic and private laboratories
in the country. Suspected infidelity is not always
the only provocation. Some fear baby swap, not
an uncommon occurrence in Indian hospitals.
Also, there are valid fears that fertility clinics,
after having failed to help a woman conceive,
inseminate her with a frozen sperm to appear successful.
A paternity test that costs anywhere from Rs 3,000
to several thousands is bringing peace of mind
or the peace of a shocking conclusion.
The test compares a child’s DNA pattern
with the alleged father’s. Saliva, hair,
blood and other body components contain imprints
of our parentage. For effective tests, labs demand
that both parents give their samples along with
the child's. For instance, Hyderabad's CCMB insists
that samples come from both man and wife.
The hospital website asks parents who conceive
after infertility treatment, artificial insemination
and assisted reproduction to go for tests to rule
out the "possibility of intentional or unintentional
Private labs like Hiranandani do not have the
resources and legal sanctions that government
forensic labs have to perform the tests. They
collect saliva samples of the parents and the
child on cotton swabs, which are dried and sent
in an air-tight pouch to Chicago.
Results are available after two to three weeks.
But such tests do not have a legal standing yet.
In 1993, when simple blood grouping tests instead
were the norm to ascertain paternity, a landmark
judgment was passed by the Supreme Court. The
child maintenance case involved one Goutam Kundu
who disputed that he was the father.
His wife had gone home to give her higher secondary
exams, during which period she claimed she was
pregnant. Kundu questioned the paternity of the
child and asked her to abort. She refused. The
couple separated but the wife demanded child maintenance
from her husband.
To counter this claim, Kundu asked for a blood
grouping test to support his claim that his wife
had not delivered his child. But Justices A M
Ahmadi and S Mohan ruled that since the purpose
of his application was to avoid paying maintenance,
the request cannot be accepted.
They also quoted a section of the Evidence Act
of 1872 that naively states that "if a person
was born during the continuance of a valid marriage
between his mother and any other man or within
280 days after its dissolution and the mother
remains unmarried, it shall be taken as a conclusive
proof that he is the legitimate son of that man,
unless it can be shown that the parties to the
marriage had no access to each other at any time
when the child could have been begotten."
Ten years later, in 2003, by which time DNA testing
had permeated the society, SC took a different
view in the Sharda Vs Dharmpal divorce case. It
said that a Family Court had the power to order
a person to undergo medical test, the nature of
which was not specified, but an interpretation
includes DNA paternity test.
The fact that the results of DNA testing can
be a weapon in court and would drag doctors to
the witness box, is a reason why some medical
practitioners avoid being associated with such
"We are doctors. We cannot run every other
day from clinic to court," says Dr Hema Purandare
of the Centre for Genetic Health.
Interestingly, she points out, many requests
for tests come from the lower middle to poor classes,
who somehow manage to gather money for the tests.