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DNA Shows Larry Birkhead Is Baby's Dad
AP ^ | 410/ 07 | JESSICA ROBERTSON

Posted on 04/10/2007 3:56:16 PM PDT by NRA2BFree

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - DNA tests prove it: Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's million-dollar baby. "I told you so!" the late Playboy Playmate's former boyfriend said Tuesday upon emerging from a closed court hearing. He added: "My baby's going to be coming home pretty soon."

Birkhead, a 34-year-old California photographer, then hugged his rival, Howard K. Stern, who has been caring for baby Dannielynn since Smith's sudden death in February.

The hearing was a pivotal moment in the battle over who gets custody of the girl, who could inherit a fortune from the estate of Smith's late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Although Birkhead is the father, Stern's name is on the birth certificate. Another custody hearing was scheduled for Friday.

Stern, who was Smith's lawyer and later became her companion, said he wouldn't fight for custody, but a lawyer for Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, indicated she might. The judge scheduled another hearing for Friday in the pink colonial courthouse to discuss who will raise the girl, who could inherit hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stern said he loved the baby despite the DNA results and would support Birkhead.

"I'm obviously very disappointed, but my feelings for Dannielynn have not changed," he said, adding of Birkhead: "I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure he gets sole custody."

Birkhead had been fighting for custody of Dannielynn even before Smith's death.

"Nothing's been determined except parentage and I'm the father," Birkhead said. "It's been a long road and I'm just happy to have this behind me."

A crowd of about 250 people, many of them tourists, cheered from behind police barricades when Birkhead, clutching a piece of paper, announced the DNA test results. The court's DNA expert, Dr. Michael Baird, confirmed it.

"Essentially, he's the biological father," Baird said.

This tropical capital has been transfixed by the Anna Nicole saga since she moved here last year. Smith gave birth to Dannielynn in September, only to see her 20-year-old son Daniel die days later at her bedside from a lethal combination of drugs. Smith died in February at age 39 in Florida.

Many in the crowd took pictures of the impromptu news conference with cameras and cell phones. One man in the crowd wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the handwritten message: "I'm the baby's daddy."

Arthur, who had been estranged from Smith for years, said she wanted to be present in her granddaughter's life, but seemed appeased by the DNA results.

"I'm happy that Dannielynn will know who her real father is," she said.

The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from Marshall's estate. Smith, a former model, had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon's family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.


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KEYWORDS: annanicolesmith; howardkstern; larrybirkhead

1 posted on 04/10/2007 3:56:17 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: NRA2BFree
I have always wanted to say this....so here goes.

Whose the Daddy..

2 posted on 04/10/2007 3:57:22 PM PDT by Dog
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To: NRA2BFree

So it’s Larry that wins the DNA lottery.


3 posted on 04/10/2007 3:58:19 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: NRA2BFree

I am so happy that I could shiite.


4 posted on 04/10/2007 3:58:50 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: NRA2BFree

At least it wasn’t OJ - freaky


5 posted on 04/10/2007 3:59:30 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: NRA2BFree

Bush’s fault.


6 posted on 04/10/2007 4:00:30 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: NRA2BFree

7 posted on 04/10/2007 4:02:52 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: JRios1968

Bush should be impeached for causing this little girl so much stress by putting Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern on her birth certificate.


8 posted on 04/10/2007 4:04:23 PM PDT by Stayfree (**********Get to know more about Fred at www.FredDThompsonforPresident.com)
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To: Lizavetta

Yeah, you know he had to be sweating it.


9 posted on 04/10/2007 4:05:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: NRA2BFree
Arthur, who had been estranged from Smith for years, said she wanted to be present in her granddaughter's life

yeah, sure, why not...she did such a stellar job with the mother. /s
10 posted on 04/10/2007 4:06:12 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: NRA2BFree

Kinda happy for the kid. The lesser snake gets custody.


11 posted on 04/10/2007 4:06:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Lizavetta

LOL!


12 posted on 04/10/2007 4:06:47 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Dog
I have always wanted to say this....so here goes.

Whose the Daddy..

LOL! Did it feel as good as you thought it would? ;o)

13 posted on 04/10/2007 4:08:01 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Duncan Hunter for President *08 - A genuine "Reagan Republican" for America!)
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To: cripplecreek

I wanted it to be Zsa Zsa rent a Prince. Could you image the news conference..


14 posted on 04/10/2007 4:08:45 PM PDT by Dog
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To: NRA2BFree

Now that the “Daddy” question has finally been answered, I can sleep at nights.


15 posted on 04/10/2007 4:08:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: cripplecreek
I honestly don’t believe a damn one of them care one wit about that poor child. Any of ‘em will stick the kid with some non-English speaking nanny 24/7 and go off to concentrate on “Anna’s $500M Legacy”. Watch.
16 posted on 04/10/2007 4:15:21 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: NRA2BFree
Shucks, I knew it wasn't me...'cause ya' know I had to turn her down when she begged me...I don't need any more Monica things turning up in the newspapers...even tho' she begged me....


17 posted on 04/10/2007 4:16:24 PM PDT by Stayfree (**********Get to know more about Fred at www.FredDThompsonforPresident.com)
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To: NRA2BFree

The culprit

18 posted on 04/10/2007 4:19:52 PM PDT by woofie
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To: socialismisinsidious

We don’t know that. Some kids just go their own way in spite of having caring parents.


19 posted on 04/10/2007 4:21:44 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: woofie

THAT’S him!

The one on the left!


20 posted on 04/10/2007 4:23:49 PM PDT by labette
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To: cripplecreek
Kinda happy for the kid. The lesser snake gets custody.

I'm very happy for that little girl. He's her natural father and his love for her will be genuine. He was trying to get custody of the baby since before Anna died. He was afraid for her since Anna was always high on drugs while she was pregnant. I sure hope that baby didn't suffer from being addicted when she was born. Anna wouldn't have know it because she was always stoned. I think Larry will be a good father to her. He's fought a long and expensive battle to get her. Howard Stern was after the money.

21 posted on 04/10/2007 4:25:47 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Duncan Hunter for President *08 - A genuine "Reagan Republican" for America!)
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22 posted on 04/10/2007 4:27:07 PM PDT by traditional1
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Birkhead’s attorny billed him $600k.


23 posted on 04/10/2007 4:33:57 PM PDT by stylin19a (If you are living on the edge...MOVE OVER ! Some of us are ready to jump !)
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Birkhead’s attorny billed him $600k.

WoW! That's ridiculous! I didn't know the amount but I tuned in one day when they (media) were talking about why she and Larry parted ways, and the reason for it. According to them, some of the things she was charging him for would probably be disallowed by the courts. There were some outrageous charges. For example, whenever she went out to eat in FL, she gave huge tips to the waitresses and she added them to Larry's bill. Things like that. I'd have fired her too.

24 posted on 04/10/2007 5:39:33 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Duncan Hunter for President *08 - A genuine "Reagan Republican" for America!)
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To: NRA2BFree

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263584,00.html

the reason behind it seems to be...if/when he does come into any money(he’s basically broke)
the fees will probably be contested in court and will be reduced.
so, load it up now...


25 posted on 04/10/2007 7:37:09 PM PDT by stylin19a (If you are living on the edge...MOVE OVER ! Some of us are ready to jump !)
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To: stylin19a

The courts allowed Howard Stern manipulate them for too long. He had no legal standing, and he was allowed to control things for too long. He was trying to circumvent USA courts from the start. Anna Nicole was the cash cow for Howard Stern. It was so tragic that people like Stern, and his parents, brother and sister were allowed to see the baby, when the real father and real grandmother were kept away. Stern’s parents are money grubbers as much as he was. Stern should have to pay for his farce.

Those of us who have seen “Inside Edition” can see how Anna Nicole was drugged and was putting on a show as she spoke.
Many parents have children on drugs and it is a painful thing at best.


26 posted on 04/10/2007 11:05:11 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: SuzyQue
True...nature vs. nurture, BUT you may want to read about Nicole’s early life: dad walks out, mom marries 5 times!, sends Smith to live with a relative at 15 and surprise! Smith ends up failing 9th grade and quits school 10th grade, gets married at age 17—not exactly the Cleavers.
27 posted on 04/11/2007 8:47:58 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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You’re right. I didn’t know much about “mom”, so I assumed no one else did either. I think 5 marriages qualifies as poor parenting.


28 posted on 04/11/2007 9:54:48 AM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: SuzyQue

You’re right too. There are plenty of people who have been raised with less than ideal parents and they don’t all make the stupid choices that Smith did. An old debate (reminds me of the movie Trading Places).


29 posted on 04/11/2007 10:07:05 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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