Two ‘dads’ in baby saga reject paternity test

January 15, 2015, 10:20am
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Two ‘dads’ in baby saga reject paternity test

The two men, who have both claimed to be the father of a four-month-old baby boy in the North, have both rejected the idea of a paternity test to prove who the real dad is.
Eveline Nathaniel, the woman who credited two different men with having fathered her four-month-old baby boy, is also now crying foul saying she was a victim of a stubborn and manipulative boyfriend. Speaking to Namibian Sun on Tuesday, Nathaniel admitted she had several sexual encounters with Festus Petrus, but insisted that Petrus was not responsible for her pregnancy. Petrus, who fathered Nathaniel’s firstborn baby five years ago, said he had reservations about her second pregnancy but was talked into believing that he was also the biological father of her second baby. That was until last Sunday when he claimed he discovered that the baby was actually fathered by a different person, a certain Veikko.

The baby boy does not only have two ‘biological fathers’, but also two sets of names and was about to be issued with a second birth certificate on Monday.
“I informed Petrus that he was not responsible for my pregnancy, but he refused to believe me and insisted on being the father of my baby,” Nathaniel said.
She dismissed Petrus’ claim that they had only one encounter and that they used a condom.
“No, he slept with me several times before and after I fell pregnant, but we never used a condom because that man does not even know how to use it,” she said.
She also dismissed Petrus’ claim that he was paying her monthly rental fees.
“He only paid my rental fees for December,” she said.
When approached for comment Veikko, who refused to reveal his surname, said he was also shocked to find that his baby has yet another father.
“I was really shocked and I am now wondering whether it was only me and Petrus or the baby has yet another father,” he said.
He said he has been Nathaniel’s boyfriend since December 2013, but they met only occasionally as he was not staying in Oshakati.
Police officers at the Women and Child Protection unit at the Oshakati State Hospital said there is no criminal case and their involvement was limited to advising the mother and the two ‘fathers’ of the baby on how to proceed.
They have to go for a paternity test to determine who the real father is before going to the office of Home Affairs to change the birth certificate, if it is found that the baby was not fathered by Petrus.
But Petrus says he sees no need for such a process, as he has readily accepted that the baby was fathered by Veikko.
However, Veikko says he is not prepared to waste money on paternity tests.
“I do not have money to waste,” he said.
Paternity test costs N$600.

OSHAKATI PLACIDO HILUKILWA