A mother from Merseyside has been jailed for faking a paternity test.
Danielle Morris, from Seaforth, five miles north of Liverpool , received a one year jail sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this week. The 29 year-old had presented fraudulent DNA test results to a man with whom she had a brief relationship in 2013.
The alleged father was a singer and “Michael Buble impersonator” the BBC reports. Morris at first told him she was pregnant but that he was not the father. Some time later, she contacted him again to say that the man she had believed was her daughter’s father was not but insinuated that the singer was. He paid for a paternity test but Sommers instead presented him with invented results.
Thanks to the deception, her former boyfriend began to pay child maintenance, had the baby’s name tattooed on his arm, and even began looking after her for a few days a week, setting aside a bedroom in his home.
The singer discovered the truth when he contacted the DNA company and asked for more information on the circumstances, only to be told that he had never been tested. When a subsequent test revealed that he was not in fact the little girl’s father, the singer was “devastated”.
Morris pleaded guilty to fraud, saying she had wanted to provide her daughter with a “father figure”.
After the sentence was delivered the would-have-been father insisted the little girl was the real victim, but also revealed his continuing distress.
“As long as live I will worry for the child and miss her immeasurably.”
Photo of Seaforth and neighbouring Crosby, Merseyside from the air by Phillip Capper under a Creative Commons licence