Are You Raising Another Man’s Child?

Posted on April 12, 2007 

Are You Raising Another Man’s Child?

More than a million American men are investing their love, time, and money in a child who isn’t their own. But the worst part about this betrayal? How many people may be in on it

It took a court ordered DNA test to prove that Larry Birkhead, not Howard K. Stern was the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby. While Stern might have suspected he wasn’t the father, most men never have to prove it. The opposite is the focus of our story. Should it be a matter of routine to do the testing and confirm that you are the daddy before you get invested in the child?)

Patrick Connaro, a 42-year-old robotics engineer living in Colorado Springs, was sitting in the bleachers one warm Saturday afternoon in 2003, watching his son’s Little League game, when the ground opened beneath him.

“My little boy was there, he was up at bat, and I started yelling for him, ‘Go Matthew [not his real name]! Knock it out of the park!’ And another man started screaming for Matthew. Louder than me. I looked over, and I looked at him, and I was like, Who is this guy? And I looked at my son, and I looked at him . . . and they were identical.”

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