High Court allows UK media to report Alfie Patten, 13, is not baby’s father

By Calvin Palmer

The reporting ban on the DNA tests of Alfie Patten, the 13-year-old who claimed he was the father of a child, has been lifted by the High Court.

Regular readers of this site already know that he was not the father of a baby girl. The story was carried briefly on The Mirror Web site back in March, picked up by the world’s media before The Mirror was forced to pull the story and duly reported here.

In February, The Sun newspaper ran the story that Patten from Hailsham, in East Sussex, had fathered newborn Maisie with his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Stedman.

The DNA tests show that the real father is 15-year-old Tyler Barker.

Tyler was quoted in the media as saying that he had slept with Chantelle without using contraception and that he was “terrified” at the prospect of fatherhood.

Following conformation of the DNA test results, Mrs Justice King made an order at the High Court allowing the fact that Tyler is the father to be reported.

[Based on reports by the Press Gazette and The Daily Telegraph.]

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