Man Left Family On Potential Daughter’s Birthday (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Man Left Family On Potential Daughter’s Birthday (Full Episode) | Paternity Court


Please be seated. Hello, Your Honor. Hello, Jerome. This is the case of
Jacobs v. Walker.
Thank you. Good day, everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. Ms. Jacobs, you claim that
your world was shattered
just after your 14th birthday, when your dad suddenly
up and disappeared. Yes, Your Honor. Today, you say you’ve brought
him to our court room
to demand answers. Yes, Your Honor. Mr. Walker, you claim
you’d always believed Ms. Jacobs was
your biological daughter, then on her 14th birthday, you overheard a conversation
that changed everything. (AUDIENCE GASPING) Yes, Your Honor. So, Mr. Walker, tell me,
what happened on
your daughter’s 14th birthday? On her 14th birthday,
Your Honor, we were outside celebrating
the 4th of July, I heard an argument
inside the house. So I go in to see
what’s going on,
and my ex-wife, her mother and her sister
was in there, and she was screaming
at her mother like… Well, she was drinking,
so she was being belligerent
and stuff. She was like, “Well, you know,
there’s a chance
they’re not his kids. “And I don’t know what to do,
and I don’t know
how to tell him.” But I had done slipped in and
was standing right behind her
and overheard all of it. And what did you say?
What did you do next? I asked her, I said, “Why? Why would you do it now,
14 years later at her party, “when we’re supposed to
be having a good time
with her birthday? “And you wait 14 years
later to drag it out?” WOMAN: Wow. And then what…
What happens
at that point? The relationship ended,
you ended the relationship? That’s correct, Your Honor. So wait, Ms. Jacobs,
did you overhear or know
all of this was going on at your 14th
birthday party? No, I actually just seen him
walk out of the house,
he was really angry. So I didn’t understand
what was going on at all. So, um, after that,
we ended up being
put in foster care. (AUDIENCE GASPS) And, um, when I was
in foster care,
my father had left. And we were in Florida
at the time, he ended up
moving to Ohio. I, actually… I was
a big daddy’s girl
growing up, so I started to
feel abandoned, like he just ran off
and left me. So, um, I actually have
a letter here
from where I took and I wrote it when I was 14,
when my dad actually left. Can you read that
for the court, please? I can. (SNIFFLING) It says, um, “Dad, I wish you’d never left,
it really sucks that
you’re not here,“every night, I pray
that you come back.
“Sometimes, I even pretend
what it would be like
if you were still here.
“I don’t know when I’m ever
going to see you again
and it hurts. “I’m kind of angry
about it, too. “Why did you ever leave me?
Why did you abandon us?
Abandon me of all people? “I just want this
to all be a dream,
but it’s not. “I don’t understand
why you moved to Ohio
and had to leave us behind. “You were my hero
and every girl needs a hero. “Don’t you want us anymore?” JUDGE LAKE: And you wrote
that letter to your dad? Yes, Your Honor. At the time you wrote
that letter, did you know,
that your father at that time, didn’t know whether he was
truly your biological father? No, Your Honor. You had no idea. I didn’t understand,
until I was 16 years old. It was really hard. I actually
ended up getting pregnant
when I was 16, just to be emancipated. Really? Yes, Your Honor. So you got pregnant
on purpose? Yes, Your Honor. It’s obvious that you were
looking for the family
you didn’t have. Yes, Your Honor. And, Mr. Walker, you had
no idea your daughter
was going through all of this? No, Your Honor. Uh, the foster care…
She went to foster care, because I had a job
and when I threw her
mother out, because of all that
coming out
at her birthday party, I sent her mother out.
I had enough. Your Honor, I went through it,
all through, even before
her and I got married. There was times
that my family would
come to me, I was a road truck driver,
so I was not home
all the time, my family would come
to me and say, “Hey…” We lived in a mobile home,
he’d say you’d walk around
and hear them in there
having sexual relations. And I would confront her
with it, I’d say, “Look,
as my significant partner, “I should be able
to trust you, “so I’m asking you,
did this happen?” She’s like, “No, you know
they’re just doing it
to try to break us up, “because our families
don’t get along.
They don’t want you with me.” And I was like, “Okay,
you know, that’s fine,
you know.” And I took her at her word. I knew I could be faithful,
so why would
I call her a liar? (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) So did you ever actually
catch her cheating? I did at one time,
she told me I could
go visit my brother, and she was gonna
go visit her mother. Well, uh, and I called her
a few hours later
at her mother’s house, and her mother answered
the phone, and I said,
“Is she there?” And she’s like, “Well, no.
She ain’t been here all day.” I said, “She’s supposed
to be at your house.” And, um, so I needed her
to watch the children,
so I could go to work. So I go out looking for her. And I start out
at the Walmart, where I normally know
that she goes, and I called a guy down there
that I knew worked with her
at her job. And I asked him
if he had seen her, and he’s like, “Well, no,
she’s probably hanging out
with this guy “that she’s always meeting
after work here
in the parking lot.” Really? And I said, “What are you
talking about?” He’s like, “Oh, her and him,
they’ve been “sexually in a relationship
now for about four months.” AUDIENCE: Wow. He said, “Do you know
where he lives?” I’m like, “No, I don’t know
where he lives.” So he said,
“Well, I’ll give it to you.” He wrote the address down,
and I said, “I don’t even know
how to get there.” And he said,
“I’ll give you directions.” I went down, and when I got
to the house,
I knocked on the door, and she was sitting
on the couch,
they were all drinking, it was just her
and five other guys. (AUDIENCE GASPS) You get to this house
and your wife is inside
with five other guys? Yes, Your Honor. Drinking? Yes, Your Honor. Continue. When she should be home
helping me with the kids. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) So I looked past him through
the doorway and I said, “You need to get
your butt home, “so you can watch the children
and I can go to work.” And, uh, she came out all mad. We were still arguing
all the way home. So when we get there,
she still wanted
to fight about it. And I told her, I said,
“What were you even
doing down there?” Then I confronted her
about the Walmart thing from her friend saying that
they’d been in a relationship ever since
she started working there. And, of course,
she denied all that, and I’m like, “Well, then
why did I catch you
at the dude’s house, “drinking beer
with four other guys
and him? “So how are you
gonna deny that,
when I catch you at it?” She’s like, “Well, we weren’t
having sex.” I’m like, “Well, okay,
I can blow that off.” ‘Cause they weren’t doing
nothing other than sitting
and drinking beer. So I believed her at that
once again. Then, uh, probably about
two weeks later, I went to work
and I come home, and her bags were gone.
She had done packed
and moved out. So once I found out
where she was,
she was at this guy’s house, she had moved in with him. Really? Yes. So, Ms. Jacobs,
had you ever heard any rumors that Mr. Walker may not be
your biological father? Yes, um, when I was 16. Um, I told my mother
that I didn’t want
to be around anymore. That I wanted my dad
to come down
for my daughter’s birth. I had her when I was 17. When my mom found out,
she was like, “I don’t know why
you would want him
to be there, “he’s not your real father
anyways, and that means
he’s not her grandfather.” And that’s when
I looked at her, I even, I kept her out
of the birthing room when
I gave birth to my daughter. Really? Yes. So had you heard rumors
about her cheating? I’d seen it myself. As a young child? I was five years old. (AUDIENCE GASPING) Yeah. What did you see exactly? Um, my mom…
My dad was at work. My mom was home,
and a family member of mine
came over to the house. They ended up
taking a shower together. (AUDIENCE GASPING) I went into the bathroom,
I was like, “Mom,
what are you doing?” And she goes,
“I’m just getting
a shower, go away.” So I went into
the living room,
I was watching TV, I was watching cartoons,
I’m only five years old. So, um, I went,
and when they came out
of the bathroom, they went into
the bedroom. And I walked back,
I was like,
“Mom, I’m hungry.” She goes, “Go lay down
for a little bit,
we’re going to sleep.” So, again, it was
my family member. As soon as my dad got home
from work, I let my dad know. Um, he confronted her, she told him that
I was lying, I was
making up stories. And my dad looked at her,
and was like… JUDGE LAKE: Really? …”I don’t understand how
you think a five-year-old
has the time to sit around “and make up stories
about adult content.” (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) So this was a family member
of your father’s? Yes. So when they came over,
you knew who it was. Yes. JACOBS: Yes, Your Honor. Mr. Walker. You remember this incident? I do, Your Honor. I do. Uh, I came home, like I said,
I drove a truck for many years
of my life. And I come home,
to my daughter meeting me
at the door, she said, “Daddy, Daddy! “Is he supposed to take
shower with Mommy? “Is he supposed to take
naps with Mommy?” And I’m like, “Well, no.” She’s like, “He was, Daddy,
he took a shower with Mommy.” So I did confront
her mother with it. And her mother’s like,
“She’s a five-year-old. “You’re going
to believe everything
a five-year-old says?” AUDIENCE: Oh, yeah. And I told her,
I said, uh, “Where does a five-year-old
even have time to sit
and think about “something for an adult?” JUDGE LAKE: Yes. And she’s not thinking nothing
about an adult way. She’s thinking
how to play with her Barbies
or something. JUDGE LAKE: Yes. Now, as you stand here,
do you believe
any of these men we’ve discussed
could potentially be
Ms. Jacobs’ father? (STAMMERING) I think
it’s possible, Your Honor,
’cause, uh, years later on down the road,
her mother did admit
to sleeping with several of
my family members. (AUDIENCE GROANING) Uh, when I took
her to court,
Your Honor, the only thing she wanted in
the divorce was the property
and the contents of the house, and I said, “Give me my kids,
you can have everything. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) “Anything you want.” I brought the divorce papers
with me to back that up
as evidence. JUDGE LAKE: Jerome,
will you please
hand that to me? I’ve done nothing but fight
for these kids, Your Honor. I love my children. My children are my world. And the state that
they moved into believed
they were a mommy state, and because she kept
calling my work, and telling them
that I was on drugs… (AUDIENCE GROANING) …repeatedly,
me being a truck driver,
I had to go do drug testing at the company’s expense.
They let me go after
the eighth time. Because they no longer
could afford to keep
sending me for the drug tests that kept coming
back negative. And so, Mr. Walker, this evidence that
you submitted to the court, all of the pleas, paperwork,
documents related to the years that you fought
to get your children… Yes, ma’am. You are fighting
for these children. WALKER: Every cent… Not even knowing
if they’re truly
biologically yours. Biologically or not,
Your Honor, these were
always my children. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) Ms. Jacobs, did you know,
as all of this
was transpiring, did you know any of this
was going on? No, Your Honor,
the entire time
my mom was telling me that he abandoned me
and he didn’t want
me anymore. That’s a lie,
Your Honor. Her mother did nothing
but feed all my children lies. I got paperwork on top of
paperwork to show them,
when they came to me asking me for results. I could show them in paperwork
and let them read
for their selves, so they can’t say,
“Dad, you lied to me.” Because I’m proving it
to them, I’m giving them
the paperwork, letting them read it. Let them see the hell
I went through
with this woman. JUDGE LAKE: So, Ms. Jacobs, hearing your father,
the man you believe
is your father, hearing his testimony,
how does that make you feel? I mean, when we took…
I actually just got back in contact with
my father after five years,
just a month ago. Really? Yes. So he did show me
all the paperwork
and everything like that. I felt horrible. I really did,
because I told him I wanted
nothing to do with him. So I felt like
the most horrible daughter
on the face of the Earth. I felt like I didn’t deserve
to be around my dad
at that point in time. I knew she felt pain,
Your Honor,
so when she told me I was the most horrible parent
she had ever met in her life, I didn’t hold that
to heart. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) I knew she was in pain
and she needed to vent. I wasn’t there to feed her
a stack of lies, and wasn’t
gonna feed her a stack of lies,
just so she would
hate her mother. I’ve tried to raise
my children right, I’ve loved my children,
I gave them all the love
I could ever give them. I put her through college,
I put her through
modeling school, I think I’ve done my best.
I am a real, hard-working
family man. I love my family. Ms. Jacobs, do you believe
you are Mr. Walker’s
biological daughter? Yes, Your Honor. You do? Yes. So, Mr. Walker,
I have to ask you,
what are your other doubts? All my doubts together,
go all the way back
to my childhood. I was probably six, seven,
maybe eight. My mother, my grandmother,
all of them, would tell me,
’cause I can’t remember back that far into my own
childhood. I didn’t have
a real great childhood. They told me back in
those younger years,
I had had the mumps. And back then they believed
if you had the mumps, as a male, if they dropped,
then you would be sterile. Well, they didn’t want you
bouncing around
and stuff like that. I was a young kid,
so I did a lot of bouncing. I did a lot of jumping,
a lot of playing. The mumps had
so-called fallen, and our medical physician for the family told them
I would never be able to give
my parents grandchildren. And I said, “Give me my kids,
you can have everything.” You know, I never
questioned her,
I never called her a cheater, I never asked, “Hey, are you
sure that’s my kid?” I didn’t ask that. I’m like,
“Wow, I’m going to be a dad.” It was the best thing
in the world to feel after being told all your life
you’re never gonna
have no kids. Jerome, I think it’s time
for the results. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) These results were prepared
by DNA Diagnostics and they read as follows. In the case of
Jacobs v. Walker,
when it comes to
the paternity of
Ms. Iesha Jacobs, Mr. Walker, you are Iesha’s father. (AUDIENCE CHEERING) (SOBBING) I love you. (SOBBING) I love you. Well, I just… I hope that
now that you have the truth,
there’s no more doubts. You can put the past
behind you and let it
just be that, the past. And move forward to
a brighter future. I wish you both the best
and I’m so happy for you. Thank you, Your Honor. Court is adjourned.

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