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Potential Father Killed After First Paternity Test (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Potential Father Killed After First Paternity Test (Full Episode) | Paternity Court
Please be seated. Hello, You Honor. Hello. This is a case of Washup v. Smith. Thank you, Jerome. Good day, everyone. ALL: Good day. Ms. Washup, you previously appeared in this

court

room with your son regarding the

paternity

of the defendant's daughter. Yes, ma'am. The previous time you were in this

court

room it was determined that your son was not the child's biological

father

? Yes. Yes and... And I... That hurt you? Yeah, it did, but I still love the baby, I still love her.
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JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Hopkins, you... Are not the

father

. You would also like to have the current child that Ms. Smith is pregnant with

test

ed as well? Yes, ma'am. JUDGE LAKE: You both need to decide whether or not you want to have that as a prenatal

test

. Prenatal. HOPKINS: I agree. Yes. So, this

court

will order that you go and get

test

ed. JUDGE LAKE: I wish you the best of luck in the mean time. I will see you both soon.

Court

is adjourned. AUDIENCE: Oh. Unfortunately, a few weeks

after

I sent
you away for that prenatal

test

, your son was tragically

killed

. SMITH: Yes. I'm very sorry. JUDGE LAKE: You're here today because you don't believe that your son

father

ed the defendant's now two-year old son Jovan Jr. and you are desperate for the truth? WASHUP: Yes. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Smith, you state that the plaintiff's son Jovan Hopkins is your child's

father

and you say today's results will prove your case and clear your name, is that correct? Yes, Your Honor. Ms.
Washup, why are you so positive your son is not the

father

? Because she lied the

first

one. And then, if she lied about the

first

, you know, baby, and I, I just want to know the truth, 'cause she just... Lied. AUDIENCE: Aw. JUDGE LAKE: Take your time. I know this is very difficult. There's a part of you that wants... WASHUP: Yes. ...this baby to be your grandchild? WASHUP: I sure do. I still have a part of him here. JUDGE LAKE: Yeah. (WASHUP SIGHS) And I know he wanted his son. He
wanted one and hope

full

y this is his. And if I feel that he... JUDGE LAKE: Okay. And it is understandable that you feel reluctant to get attached to the baby. Yeah. Well, I don't want to be attached and then you just up and snatch him out of my life anytime you pleases. And, it's... I ain't gonna be able to do it. Ms. Smith, you are certain that your child is Mr. Washup's son's biological child. SMITH: Yes, ma'am. You're certain? You don't have a doubt? SMITH: No
doubt at all. It was, like, hard on me once he passed. I was in and out of the hospital. They put him on steroids to help him grow, 'cause my heart was messing up and they wanted to hurry up and have a C-section and... It was a lot of complications with the pregnancy

after

Jovan passed away. So, um, it was real hard on me. I didn't even know she had the baby until I seen pictures on Facebook, like, when he was, like, two, three months old. I seen pictures on Facebook. She's not
even calling to let me know she had the baby. JUDGE LAKE: So, when you did go into labor, Ms. Smith, and you know for certain that this is, (STAMMERS) your child's family, you didn't call and say, "I just wanna let you know I'm going into the hospital"? SMITH: It was a scheduled C-section. Actually, I called her and gave her the wrong date that I was having a C-section. JUDGE LAKE: On purpose? WASHUP: On purpose. On purpose. Yes, I did. WASHUP: So, I think that
she doing... She did it on purpose 'cause someone else is the dad, because, she... Why would you give me the wrong date? Because you wanted this person that supposed to be the daddy to be there? JUDGE LAKE: Oh, you feel, like, she gave you the wrong date because there was going to be someone else there... WASHUP: Else there. ...who is the real biological

father

? WASHUP: Yeah. SMITH: See, this is why I don't deal with her. That's why I don't deal with her. She lie for free. She
lie for fun. She make up lies. JUDGE LAKE: But why? But, but, Ms. Smith, we do have... Let's speak honestly. If we gonna speak, let's speak honestly. The last time we were here the child that they thought was Jovan's biological child was, they were unfortunately informed it was not. So you do have to understand that there may be a tad bit of fear going into this, that we are hoping and praying that history doesn't repeat itself. You gotta acknowledge that. WASHUP: Right.
That's all I ask. That, that truly... What happened before set the table for this. So, Ms. Washup, what else causes you to doubt this young woman when you know that your son was involved with her? She was... My son was involved with her and she was involved with somebody else, 'cause my daughter had the baby over to the house, and I came... I was over there for the weekend, visiting my other grandkids. My daughter tell me... That Olivia says she's on her way to pick up the
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baby. It was stated that... (SIGHS) "His dad," wants him to come home. "His dad" who? (SMITH CHUCKLES) His dad? That's been the case. And if he's not my grandson I want the whole name back. Jovan Dovantae Hopkins Jr. I want it back. SMITH: That did not happen. WASHUP: Oh, why did you come to get him. I mean, I did come to get my baby, but... For one, I, uh, you know I love Jovan to the

full

est. Even though he gone, I still love him. WASHUP: I can... Believe me, I
can't say that. I would never allow another man to be considered Junior's

father

, period. So, I know, back, right there, that's a lie. So, I won't even fix my mouth to say anything. JUDGE LAKE: So, you're saying that, 'cause what she claims is that... Out of your own mouth you said, it's the dad said... His dad said it's time for him to come home? What she claims is he say, she say. She say, someone else told her. WASHUP: No. No. No. You
didn't hear that coming from my mouth, Sheryl. You didn't. Come on now. You didn't hear me get on that phone and say, his daddy want him. No, period. and then you just up and snatch him out of my life anytime you pleases. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Washup, but... Truth

full

y, what, what motive would she have to say that your son is her child's biological

father

and name her son... It's the money. SMITH: What money His CDs that his grandmama gave for... SMITH: What CDs? What? Who own
them? WASHUP: You own them. Next lie. I don't call and ask nobody for nothing. I handle my child on my own. All my kids. So... You... It's just as well she could... I mean, I want money. Where it's at? You called, like, Social Security. Like, you didn't call Social Security? I called Social Security. Yes, ma'am, I did do that. At the end of the day she's

full

of it. Why would you call while you're pregnant? I gonna have his baby next month, so I don't need
Pampers? I don't need milk? I don't need clothes, huh? Exactly! Yeah, you need... Come on, now, get it together. You get it together, woman. It shouldn't even matter. It's gonna be together when you do... JUDGE LAKE: Ladies. ...whatever it is, Olivia... Ladies. Let's just pause for a minute. I want to understand next, you feel... I understand the Social Security situation now. I... Listen, before you all get into it again, I understand. Stop with the body language, stop with
the taunting. You are a mother. WASHUP: But not... No. This, this is not the point. You're a mother. And you have talked about in this

court

room the way you have sacrificed, provided for your children, you don't ask anybody for anything, you do it yourself, you know that. I don't think you can sit down and imagine what it would mean if one of those children were ripped from your life. So, you're dealing with a woman... I mean, Social Security aside, name aside, all this nonsense
aside, she's standing here with a picture frame... (CHUCKLES) ...with her child. If what you say is true, then your child deserves to know her... SMITH: No, he don't. No, he does. Because that's not... No, he don't. JUDGE LAKE: No, that would be his grandmother. Okay, that's his grandmother. JUDGE LAKE: And as his mother, you should want your child to have as large a village as he can have to be able to be loved. You named, you named your child

after

her child. SMITH: No. No.
Look, all I'm saying is I don't want to deal with this lady, period. I don't mean no harm or anything... What is it that you feel? No, no, I wanna know what you feel, Ms. Smith. What are you feeling? I just feel like I don't need to deal with her. JUDGE LAKE: Why? Because I'm protecting my child from his feelings, from him being hurt. From him hearing how people talked about his daddy, how people treated his daddy, and what happened to his daddy. I'm protecting my child.
Yes, her child is gone. But that's the seed of me still having my fiance here... JUDGE LAKE: Mm-hm. ...and I cherish that. And if someone touches that one, then it becomes a problem. Seriously. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Washup, what are your hopes for today? I hope it is my son's baby. JUDGE LAKE: What do you hope for? Because he the only one that he can help this son, he can leave a legacy. Just as well as his brothers and sisters have something. JUDGE LAKE: It's an important moment for you.
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Because you want your son to have left something behind. Yes, ma'am. He did leave something behind. Junior. JUDGE LAKE: All right. And I got it and it's all mines. AUDIENCE: Ooh. JUDGE LAKE: You didn't have to say that. (SNIFFLES) You didn't have to go there. That was unnecessary. And that's what I'm saying to you. What was I... What was necessary... What they put me through. What I went through. There you go. And that's why I asked you, "Why?" I asked you,
"Why?" So, if you gonna... If you gonna have the beef then tell it. You're in the

court

room. You're not standing in here performing like you're performing, acting like you here, hair flipping, mama crying about her son being dead, you rolling your eyes, like, you can't understand why, and I know you in here being disingenuous because there is no way in the world a mother can do that to another mother that has lost a child. There's something that you've
experienced where you are hurt so bad. And that's why I gave her her chance to tell her side and that's why I looked at you and said, "Why? What's going on here?" It ain't enough hair in the world for all this flipping you're doing. It ain't. (CHUCKLES) JUDGE LAKE: And let me really keep it real, 'cause I shoot it straight in here, and you're also dealing with the fact that the last time we were in here the result didn't come out right, and you know
that you had a part to play in that. So, when we really, really break it down, it's all of these layers together. So, you got a lot going on and... What I'm saying is, when you have moments where you stand in the light, and, and you can be in truth, just grab on to that moment and take it. 'Cause I don't think anybody here believes you are in a position that is something that anyone would envy. You've got a lot on your plate. But you don't wanna be in a position where you
disrespect yourself, your child, and the memory of the man, you say, is your child's

father

by dishonoring his mother. I'm not gonna let you go out like that. AUDIENCE: Mm-hm. (CRYING) I'm just saying there could've been ways to handle it. If she felt that, that wasn't his baby, and like she just said... WASHUP: I don't even have no, no... JUDGE LAKE: Let her speak, let her speak, Ms. Washup. I'm just saying, I'm saying my son loved her. I know
he loved her. WASHUP: Yes. So when he passed, you shouldn't have treated me how you treated me, when I was pregnant with his baby, period. You know, I'm due next month. You shouldn't have did that. I didn't know what date you were due. Like, seriously. SMITH: Like, how could you do that? JUDGE LAKE: Let her speak. You should've treated me with a level of respect... I did. ...even though you had doubt. You didn't do that. I did. She didn't even put my baby in obituary.
She put... I didn't even do them... ..." Olivia Smith and unborn child." That's because she had doubt. You didn't come to my baby shower. Because she had doubt. She didn't let me go view the body with her, because she didn't like me, had doubt. No. No. No. You know what I'm saying? It's a lot to it. And I'm pregnant, and I'm stressing, and me, you and her know the situation of how he passed, you know, so why would you treat me like that? WASHUP: Your
Honor. SMITH: You know what I'm saying? So that's why I have so much anger towards her. Because I didn't get the respect that I know her son would've wanted me to get. When he passed it felt like she had that authority, "Oh, he gone. "Now I can show her out. Now I can prove to her who I'm really is." You know what I'm saying? When I called and asked her to view the body, she told me she's not going. I called back, I said, "They say you
have to make an appointment." She say, "Oh, I'm on my way." I instantly get to cryin'. "Why? Why ya'll doing me like that?" "Olivia, there's, there's family issues." Really? You know what I'm saying? She went off on me. And, and this, this is what I just needed you to say. WASHUP: Your Honor. Because... No, no. We've been doing this long enough to know that there is more than one side to every story. But, listen, we cannot go back
and fix all of that. But, we can't go back and fix it. What we can do is get the answers you came here to get, so we can figure out how to move forward. Listen. Listen. So this baby does not have to grow up in this toxic environment... AUDIENCE: Mm-hm. ...because he deserves better. WASHUP: Yes... Jerome, I want the envelope. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) These results were prepared by DNA Diagnostics and they read as follows. Prior to Mr. Hopkins passing a prenatal DNA

test

was
preformed. A blood sample was drawn from the mother and fetal DNA was isolated from the sample. Genetic analysis was performed and a probability of

paternity

was generated. In the case of Washup v. Smith, when it comes to two-year old Jovan Hopkins Jr. it has been determined by this

court

Mr. Hopkins... Is the

father

. Go on, say it, I'm ready. I'm ready. JUDGE LAKE: I know what you've been through. I can't imagine processing all of that. JUDGE LAKE: You want your son to
have left something behind. Yes, ma'am. He did leave something behind. Junior. JUDGE LAKE: All right. And I got it and it's all mines. AUDIENCE: Ooh. You didn't have to say that. JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Hopkins... Is the

father

. Go on, say it, I'm ready. I'm ready. JUDGE LAKE: Is the

father

. (LAUGHS) Thank you, baby. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) That's your grandchild. (CRYING) Can I see him? No, ma'am. (AUDIENCE GASPS) JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Smith, you've come to this

court

room to prove
and to show that your assertion is true. That is Jovan's biological child. You've been proven right. I know what you've been through. And I can't, truth

full

y, even imagine being pregnant in the final stages of a pregnancy. I know how crazy I was, and I wasn't dealing with half of what you were dealing with. I can't imagine processing all of that. But I think, it's important in this moment for you to allow your child the opportunity to at least know he has family, so
that he's not here 20 years later asking questions. Or, look, repeating the cycle. AUDIENCE: Mm-hm. Yes, ma'am. JUDGE LAKE: Thank you. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) Thank you. Thank you. You're welcome. I'll see you all in my chambers.

Court

is adjourned. (LAUGHING) Look at... Hi, granny. Give me a hug. JUDGE LAKE: This is so important. This was a beautiful thing. And you being able to do this in this moment, is a great lesson for you as a young woman and as a mother. And I'm proud of
you in this moment. And these are gonna be important moments for your child to have because it won't have the physical, right? I'm taking this time with you because I want you know what you have. You know, I lost my mother in 2006, and when I had my son, she was not there. I lost mine in 2006. JUDGE LAKE: And he's blessed because he has that. So, I wish you the best of luck, okay? SMITH: Okay. Take care of that beautiful baby. Oh, no. Thank you. Thank you.