A Liverpool mum who conned her ex into believing he was her baby’s father has been jailed for 12 months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that 29-year-old Danielle Morris tricked 41-year-old Jamie Somers following a brief relationship in November 2013. Originally, Ms Morris had told Mr Somers that she was pregnant but that he was not the baby’s father.
Ms Morris then contacted Mr Somers again in 2015 to say that a DNA test had shown the man she thought was her little girl’s father was not; she then implied that Mr Somers was. Not unsurprisingly, Mr Somers then paid for another DNA test, which Ms Morris faked as a positive match. Believing the report to be true, Mr Somers was added as the father on the child’s birth certificate.
Taking his role of Daddy seriously, Mr Somers looked after the little girl for 3 days a week. He paid Ms Morris up to £7000 in child maintenance, paid for the christening and contributed to other essential costs. He also got a permanent reminder of the con by having a foot-long tattoo on his arm, detailing his ‘daughter’s’ name and date of birth.
The scam unravelled when Mr Somers called DNA testing company AlphaBiolabs himself to see the full details of the DNA report. He was then informed that the case report number didn’t exist and that he had never actually been tested. A subsequent same-day paternity test involving himself and the child at AlphaBiolabs’ Walk-In Centre then ruled him out as being the father. He had been bringing up the little girl for 10 months as his own daughter when she was in fact a total stranger.
On further investigation, the doctored DNA test report was shown to be littered with typos and inaccuracies. Despite being printed on official-headed paper and signed by one of the company’s reporting scientists, it was quickly shown to be a fake. The assumption is that Ms Morris had received a previous test report that she had copied.
“This demonstrates the devastating effect that unreliable and fake DNA tests can have on a family unit,” says AlphaBiolabs’ Managing Director David Thomas. For this reason, Court Admissible (or legal Paternity Tests) involve the collection of samples via a controlled chain-of-custody procedure. In these cases, a third party acts as a witness and verifies the authenticity of the sample.
The Warrington-based DNA, alcohol and drugs testing company prides itself on offering the fastest and most accurate UKAS-accredited testing services in the UK.