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Man Felt Compelled To "Proceed To The Buns" (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Man Felt Compelled To
Please be seated. -Hello, Your Honor. -Hello. This is the case of McDuffie v. Edwards. Thank you, Jerome. -Good day, everyone. - Good day. Ms. McDuffie, you are here today to prove that your ex-boyfriend, Mr. Edwards, is the father of your two-year-old daughter Samiya. You say you are tired of the defendant denying your child and evading his responsibility. -Is that correct? -Yes, Your Honor. -Mr. Edwards. -Yes, Your Honor. You have real reason to doubt you are the father of Ms. McDuffie's daughter, and claim after several attempts at trying to obtain a DNA test, you know today's results will clear you of any responsibility. -Is that correct? -Yes, Your Honor. So, Ms. McDuffie, why are today's results so important to you? Explain. Your Honor, these results are important because I know Mr. Sammie is the father. He's a pop-in and pop-out dad. One minute he's claiming her, the next minute he's... Now, she's not his daughter. And at this point, I just want my daughter to be taken care of, and get the same love and support that I had growing up as a child as well. And I just feel like it's unfair for us to have to be here today when I've allowed him opportunity, I've never denied him from his child, and I'm still getting a backlash as if this is not his daughter. All right. So, Mr. Edwards, do you agree with that? Uh... -Yes, ma'am. - Oh! -Yeah. -You're gonna make my job easy today. - Thank you. -I'll be honest, you know......
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-Finally. -...about how I feel about the situation, you know. She said I'm a pop-in and pop-out dad or whatever just simply because... She's a gorgeous little girl, you know. I don't want to get too attached to her or get my family too attached to her because I just don't know if she's mine or not. But you come see her all the time. Like, you're constantly there. You pop in, you pop out. One minute you're calling her. "Can I see my baby? Can I do this with my daughter?" -And now, you're not. - Like, I don't get it. Make up your mind. -Either you're there or you're not. -Mr. Edwards, can you take me to, um, the day you met Ms. McDuffie. How did you all meet? I, uh... I saw her behind... She was a waitress behind a bar. You know what I'm saying? I really ain't, you know, pay too much attention to her till she, really, you know, walk across. From across the bar, you know, I saw them

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, you know, and, uh... I got her number, you know. And at first, you know, we were texting for about a week, and, uh... She kind of curved me a little bit 'cause I think she had some work. I did. I curved you all the way. I curved you. She had something going on with someone else, but she, um... She curved me a little bit up until the time, you know, about a month-and-a-half prior to meeting me and her. Uh, you know, how when you just...
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in your phone, bored, and you just see her. You see you ain't talked to her in a while. "Let me just give this another chance." You know what I'm saying? So I called. I called her again. You know what I'm saying? So, she, obviously, was, um, out of the situation with him, I guess, so, um... And that's what it is. You know, we... I called her, I came and picked her up, and, you know, we got the, uh... We got some good food, some good drinky-drink, you know. I guess you know I

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ed to a bun in the oven, too. Right. Right, right, right. If we gonna get these results. So, you had sex the first night? Yes, three times. Did you use protection? Oh, no. I'm not gonna lie to you. Hot dog, no bun. I ain't gonna lie to you. What in the world? What is all this sex with just no protection? Alcohol was involved in that situation, too. With you, not with me, 'cause I don't drink. Well, you were drinking that night. So, then what? Do you all decide you're gonna date? Do you ever go on a date? Be in a relationship? -Does this sexual relationship continue? - I mean... Uh, two weeks, uh... Like, a week prior to, you know, us having sex in the car, like the second date, um... It was, uh... She called me and said -she was pregnant. -A week? Two weeks? - It was a week. -No, it was not. It was, like, a week. You know, she, um... I really didn't believe her, so I came to...
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the house, you know what I'm saying, with more pregnancy tests and stuff like that, so... She took those. You gave me a pregnancy test? Yeah, I came to the house and gave you the pregnancy test. Sammie, I found out I was pregnant through the doctor's office. I took 48 pregnancy tests. -Forty-eight? -It didn't come up in my urine, that's how... That is not how I found out I was pregnant. -All right. -You know that. I found out how I was pregnant through a blood test. -That's what you told me. You was... - First, you were pregnant. -You said 48. - Don't go there 'cause you already know. Don't go there. You said 48. So, Mr. Edwards, once you found out she was pregnant, how did you feel? I'm not gonna lie to you, a part of me was excited, even though we really didn't know each other, because, you know, I love kids. And a part of me was, like... Like, "Man, this child may not be mine," you know. Um... Especially, you know, I... I moved her in, you know what I'm saying. -And, uh... -Me and my baby. And what made me feel like... The side that made me feel like the child, it wasn't mine, because her ex -and his whole family hit me up on social media. - That's a lie. -That's a lie. - What? -That's a lie. -Her ex and his whole family? That's a lie? Seriously? -Seriously. Sammie, I've always been open with you. - Hold on. Ms. McDuffie, hold on. -I want to understand what just happened here. - Okay. So, you say...
her ex and his whole family? -Her ex and his whole family... - What happened? ...hit me up on social media. I'm talking about harassing the hell out of me. Talking about "This is not your child. You're stupid. Why are you taking care of this child?" Why you got her... Not child. -But why you got her-- -How pregnant was Ms. McDuffie at the time? Six or seven months, you know what I'm saying, around that time. He's lying. What in the world? So, wait, when she's six or seven months pregnant... - Yes. -...you start getting all of these messages from her ex -and his whole family... - Yes. ...saying "Why are you taking care of this child? -You are not the dad." -Right. -They're lying. -"Why are you taking care of her while she's..." Right. Taking care of her because she's pregnant. Right. And... So, did you confront her and say "Why is your ex and his whole family..." -Of course I did. And what she said... -He's lying, Your Honor. Hold on, hold on, hold on. What she said was, "Oh, um... He can't have kids 'cause we went to the sperm doctor and they said his sperm is this and that." But she just recently said she keep in contact with this guy, and now he has a daughter. -So I'm like... - Oh. -Come on, man. - Oh! Oh, so when you confronted her about the ex and the family reaching out, she said to you, "When I was with him, we went to the sperm bank. He can't even have any...
kids." So then, that made you feel like, -"Oh, okay, maybe this baby is mine." -Right. Only to find out later -this same man has a child. - Right. What Mr. Edwards is not telling you is the guy called my phone. He did not want to let me go. He was upset at the fact that he

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like I left him for Sammie or I stopped... And granted, to be honest with you, I did. But we weren't dating. It's just I didn't want to go further with our friendship because I knew he was catching feelings. But I've always been open with Sammie about everything. About the guy. He knew about the guy before we started. But, wait, if you weren't sleeping with him, how do you know anything about the sperm count? And why are you getting that information? Like I said, we were friends. We weren't in a committed relationship. We were friends. We were, like, just messing around. -I didn't wanna be in a relationship. -Oh, so you were having -sex with him? -Yeah, we were, but not when I met Mr. Edwards. I wasn't... I had stopped dealing with him altogether, two months before I even met Mr. Edwards. But that's not what you just testified to. I said we weren't in a relationship. We weren't boyfriend and girlfriend. He was just like friends with benefits. I never wanted a relationship with him. It was never a relationship in the beginning, and I openly expressed that to Sammie at the time. Yeah, that's not what you said, Ms. McDuffie. That really...
isn't. That's not what you testified to. But as you gettin' going, you're sort of... -Bringing out that lie. You could just look at-- -Ain't that no lie. -It's not a lie. -You can just look at her facial expressions, -she is like... -It's not a lie. -I know she's lying. -It's not a lie. -How is it a lie? -I'm just saying. Sammie, so I wasn't... So, I wasn't open with you -about everything when I met you? -You were. Exactly. I was open. I've never lied to him, Judge. I've never lied to him, Your Honor. I've never... I've always been open. That's how I am. I'm very upfront and open. I don't play with people's feelings because when you get feelings involved, and then kids get involved, it's not about us no more, it's about her. -That's all I care about. It's about her. - Man... -I have always been open. -Listen, you may have been open with Mr. Edwards, but I will say, in this

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room, in this hearing, your testimony started out one way, and then, the next thing you know it ended up being that you did have a sexual relationship with this guy. He knew I had a sexual relationship. I didn't deny that from him. Did you know that, Mr. Edwards? -I don't know why she's lying so much. -Aw, here you go with this... I mean, she... I don't play like that. I'm openly honest about that. - All right. All right. - From what I knew, -this man have dates of-- -All right, all...
right, all right. -What kind of dates? -This man have dates of the last time they had sex. -What dates he give you then? -I don't remember. -Of course you don't remember... -It's so long ago, -I don't remember the dates. -...'cause you're telling a lie. This man, he added up the dates. And he was like, "Bro, we had sex this specific time, so I'm letting you know this is my child." -Me and her dates-- -So, he told you a specific date? -Yes. Yes, ma'am. - No, he didn't call him, he called me, he answered the phone, which I had already told Mr. Edwards that this man is gonna say whatever he needs to say to get in between us because one, he doesn't want us together, and two, there's already some ammo because I already stopped dealing with him. -And then-- -So, Ms. McDuffie, let me be clear. -Stop talking for a minute. -Yes, ma'am. Okay. Take me to the birth. When Samiya was born, who was there with you? Sammie was right there with me, holding one leg, and the nurse on the other leg, and he played Erykah Badu when I pushed her out, so he was right there. -He was right there. -Yeah, 'cause I'm... I'm more spiritual-- I see you have the beads on. I mean, it look like African beads, you know what I'm saying. I'm very spiritual. Um, so I wanted my... Half of me

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like, "Oh, she was mine," so I still wanted to really, like, at least be there. Just like you was there afterwards, too. And you...
signed the birth certificate in the hospital. -I signed the birth certificate? I didn't. -Mr. Edwards, -did you sign the birth certificate? -No. Yes, you did. Why is the birth certificate... Why is her name not your name? Tell the truth. Her name is Samiya McDuffie. What is you talking about? -Who is she named after, though? -You. No, she's named after you and me. What is your name? Sammie, right? My name is what? Exactly. Oh, no. No. I don't have to argue with you all because I have the birth certificate, -and I want to look at it. - Oh. -That's your last name. -It sure is. So, this is Samiya... - Kymren. -...Kymren... - Yes, ma'am. -...McDuffie. - McDuffie. -Lord, y'all can make up some names. Yeah. Samiya Kymren McDuffie. Mother's name Shabrita Jaleesa McDuffie. - Yes, ma'am. - McDuffie. But there's no father's name. At the hospital that we had, in the original birth, he signed the papers for the birth certificate. How they do it, you have three to five days after the baby is born, once we leave the hospital, to come back and have it signed by a notary republic. He

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like I should have driven to get him an hour-and-a-half away. He

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like I had to be... An hour-and-a-half away. -He didn't have no gas. -Have anybody ever heard this... Have anybody ever heard this before? So, when I called you and told you -you had to come down and sign the birth certificate... -Come on. ...what did you tell me? "I ain't got no...
gas." So, stop lying. I'm gonna just let you put yourself in the big, old lie. I ain't gotta put myself in a big, old lie or nothing -'cause I'm up here tellin'... - All right. So, Mr. Edwards, is it your testimony that you wanted or didn't want your name listed -as father on this birth certificate. -I didn't want my name at the moment because I didn't know for sure she was mine, even though I was there, and I played my part as a man. So, that's the half of me that, uh,

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like she was mine. The other half was not signing this birth certificate. You feel me? 'Cause I didn't know. - So, you didn't do it. -Yeah, so I did... You know, I took a prior... Later on, down the line, I took two DNA tests. He swabbed my child twice by the way, Your Honor. He's already taken two DNA tests on my daughter, -which I let him come to my home. -And what were the results? Oh, ask him. Every time I ask him, "Oh, I didn't get enough cheek cells. There's something wrong with the results." -Like, "What?" - That's what the... -That's what the people-- -He swabbed her twice at my house. I even allowed him to come to my home. That's what the people called me and said. Mr. Edwards, what were the results you received? Um, they came back inconclusive. Inconclusive. Okay. They said I didn't have enough cheek cells. I don't know why. The second time, I was like, "Okay, I'm finna definitely...
get enough cheek cells this damn time." Well, you feel me? But... So, when the test came back inconclusive, your doubt went even further. Yeah, I'm like, "What's going on?" You feel me? I don't even know why he's sitting up here capping 'cause he knows this is his baby. That man said that is his baby. -I don't know. - All right, listen. I will say this, Ms. McDuffie, and I think as a woman you have to acknowledge that this is true. Even if this ex of yours decided to sabotage your relationship with Mr. Edwards by saying to him, "I'm the father," once that happened... - Oh, I knew it was out of the window. -Exactly. I knew it was out of the window. That's why I allowed him the DNA tests, Your Honor. -That's exactly right. -I've never denied him. He asked for a DNA test while we were pregnant, sitting in a car. That's all I want you to know, -that at that point... - I agree. Yes, ma'am. -...it was a wrap. - I agree. Oh, yeah, I knew it was over with. - Okay. -I knew it. So, that's why it's important that we're here now. -Yes, ma'am. -Because there really is only one way to get to the truth, and that's to get the results. -Jerome, I'm ready. - Look at that beautiful baby. Like, come on. - Oh, yeah, she's definitely beautiful. -These results were prepared by DNA Diagnostics and they read as follows. In the case of McDuffie v. Edwards... It's not about us no more, it's...
about her. When it comes to two-year-old Samiya McDuffie, it has been determined by this

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, Mr. Edwards, you... are the father. You knew that, though. I'm not even going there with you. -I honestly didn't know. -You knew that. I honestly didn't know. -You are the father. - Definitely. I'm at Chuck E. Cheese, out the ham, right after this. Feel me? Chuck E. Cheese out the ham. You know. - That's good, though. -Yeah. -But not just once in a while. - Oh, no. You know, listen. Samiya needs you to be a dedicated dad, -not a pop-up pops. - No. -Right? -No, not... You know, that little popping up kind. Pop up here, we go to Chuck E. Cheese, don't see him for four months. No, that's not being a dad. -That's exactly what it is. - No. Pop up here, and go get some ice cream, -now, we don't see him for another few months. - Oh, no. We're not being a pop-up pops, right? I need for her to do, you know... I get her on weekends. Every weekend while she got-- Well, that's for you all to work out what-- Look, you gotta let Samiya get to know you first. -Exactly. -True. -She's just getting to know me. -This is all about the best interest -of the child. -Right. All right? Please go and talk to Dr. Jeff. I believe you all are both capable of doing a very good job at co-parenting this beautiful little girl, -and she is so worth it. -Yes, she is. I wish you the very best.

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is adjourned.