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04 October 2006 :: 18:10:46 pm 32212

Anna Nicole Smith new born baby claim by two daddy’s

In most boldface-name paternity disputes, men deny they‘re the baby-daddy. But in the case of Anna Nicole Smith tabloid saga, two guys are claiming to be the father of her baby girl.
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Smith‘s lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, says he is the father of Dannie Lynn Hope, born Sept. 7. Smith and Stern have exchanged non-legal vows and say they plan to officially tie the knot.

But Smith‘s ex-boyfriend, photographer Larry Birkhead, says HE is the dad and has filed a lawsuit demanding that she and the baby return to California for DNA testing. He also wants the baby tested for drugs. Smith was served with court papers Monday in the Bahamas, Birkhead‘s attorney, Debra Opri, told The Associated Press.

Two want to be dads, one mother.

“Generally, the guy doesn‘t want to step forward because he‘s going to end up paying child support,” said California-based divorce attorney Connolly Oyler. “And many paternity suits filed by women are out of disappointment that, `He told me he loved me and we went to bed, and I‘m pregnant. He ran.‘

“Those are the typical situations … It‘s usually a one-on-one situation. Very seldom (do) you have a multiple.”

The 38-year-old former Playboy playmate and celebrity widow went to the Bahamas to give birth to Dannie. Three days after Dannie was born, her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, died of an accidental lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressants, according to a private autopsy.

Eighteen days after that, Smith and Stern exchanged vows on a catamaran near Nassau but there was no formal marriage. People magazine bought photos of the event and will feature them in its next issue, according to Smith‘s attorney, Michael Scott.

Photographer Larry Birkhead, 31, filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court to claim paternity and legal custody of the star‘s child Dannielynn. He claims he is the father of Anna Nicole Smith‘s newborn daughter and has officially launched a court battle to gain custody of her baby. The documents — which will remain sealed and private — were filed yesterday afternoon at the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Oyler said if DNA testing confirms Birkhead to be the “bio-dad,” or biological father, then he can get visitation rights and perhaps even joint custody. He also could get “a huge amount for child support,” based on a formula that compares incomes.

That‘s a nice incentive, considering Smith‘s wealth – but it‘s not the right one, Opri said. Birkhead “truly wants to be involved in that child‘s life. This is his first child and he does not want to lose that child. And that‘s why we‘re doing all this,” she said.

Smith could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Stern‘s cell phone mailbox was full.

Though multiple bio-dads rarely come out of the woodwork, Oyler said he often represents men wanting to establish paternity and a relationship with the child. And, in the Smith case, the law could be on Birkhead‘s side.

Oyler said “there‘s such an interest in society in fathers and children, and mothers and children that, if he is the bio-dad, the court will take his request very seriously.”

The daddy question all comes down to a simple DNA test. (Results are 99.9 percent accurate, said Stephanie Benske, a Milwaukee-based family law attorney.)

No matter how science settles the dispute, both men “are in for a long haul,” Benske said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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