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Police say paternity test faked

"A 1-year-old Bremerton boy doesn’t know who his father really is.Legally, at least.And even when it’s proved, his father could be charged with forgery and false statements.The boy’s 20-year-old mom and dad split up a while ago. She has custody but needs some help in the form of child-support payments. In order to receive them, she had to prove to the courts once and for all who the father is.An order recently issued by Kitsap County Superior Court asked that the 21-year-old Port Hadlock man take a paternity test at a child-support enforcement agency in Port Orchard.According to officials, the mother was surprised when the results came back negative. When she went to investigate the test results herself, she discovered that the man who had blood taken wasn’t the same man ordered to by the court.It’s standard procedure for child-support enforcement agencies to take a photograph of test-takers and ask for their signature on application. The mom saw the photo and realized it wasn’t the baby’s father, but a friend of the father’s. She knows him as “Chris,” authorities said.After discovering this startling news, the mom went to the Port Orchard Police in September to tell her story and get help. She gave them a copy of the paternity-test application and a copy of the photo of “Chris.”Police ordered a copy of the father’s Washington driver license. The photo on the license did not match the photo of “Chris,” nor did the signature on the license and the application match.Police said they called the father to ask him why he didn’t take the paternity test and to ask him who “Chris” is. The father said he would be seeking legal counsel and hung up the phone when police mentioned “Chris.”Since that time, police have been unable to identify “Chris” with a first and last name. When found, he could be charged with forgery, as well.Police encourage anyone who has any information on the identity of “Chris” to call the them."

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