Baby-faced “father” Alfie Patten has pledged to take a DNA test after two other boys claimed they had also slept with baby Maisie’s teenage mother.
Chantelle Steadman (15) said 13-year-old Alfie is the father of her one-week-old baby daughter.
The news that such a young boy had fathered a baby has prompted a fierce political debate over the high rate of teenage pregnancies and the sexualisation of children.
But Richard Goodsell (16) and Tyler Barker (14) told the News of the World they had slept with Chantelle at about the time she became pregnant and claimed she also had other sexual partners.
Alfie yesterday said he would take a DNA test as soon as possible to establish whether he is Maisie’s father.
His spokesman Max Clifford said: “They are planning to do a DNA test. Alfie believed he was the father but due to reports in the News of the World at the weekend, he wants to make sure by having a DNA test as soon as possible.”
Alfie, who lives with his mother Nicola in Hailsham, East Sussex, was just 12 when baby Maisie was conceived but said he would support Chantelle and the baby.
Maisie is believed to be living with Chantelle and the teenager’s parents Penny and Steve at their home in Eastbourne.
East Sussex County Council said Chantelle, Alfie and Maisie had received “a package of support”.
Matt Dunkley, the council’s director of children’s services, said social workers and health visitors were due to visit both families again to carry out further detailed assessments of the three children.
“These will further examine issues such as the parenting of Maisie and the support from the wider family, the education of these young parents, and other issues, including the impact of the huge amount of public interest there has been in this situation on both families,” he said.
“For each of the young people concerned we will provide the necessary support identified and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”