Woman Admits To Affair The Same Weekend Of Conception Date (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Woman Admits To Affair The Same Weekend Of Conception Date (Full Episode) | Paternity Court


JUDGE LAKE: Please be seated. Hello, Your Honor. Hello. This is the case of
Lassio v. Abbott.
Thank you, Jerome.
Good day, everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. JUDGE LAKE:
Ms. Lassio, you say before
this court gave you a date to appear to resolve
your paternity dispute, your relationship with
the defendant was on
the brink of ending. You’re here to prove
that he is the father of your seven-month-old
daughter, Aubree. And are hoping
to save your family,
is that correct? LASSIO: Yes, Your Honor. JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Abbott,
you say you are devastated that the plaintiff
has put your family’s
future in jeopardy, and state you plan
to leave her if the DNA results
prove you are not
Aubree’s biological father. Yes, Your Honor. So Ms. Lassio,
what is the state of your
relationship exactly? I’m here today
to save our family. I’m here today to show Jacob
that he is the father of our seven-month-old
daughter Aubreeand that I’ve made
a mistake,
but I know he is
the father of Aubree.
Our relationship has
been very bumpy. Jacob has no trust
in me at all. He has a tracker
on my phone. And you say the day
this court called you… Yes, the day… …he was moving. Yes, the day that I got
the call from the courtroom, he was moving out.
He had packed his stuff. He was ready to be
out of the door. I was out the door, Your
Honor. I had everything
packed in my truck. I was ready to go, um,
this courtroom calling her is actually saved us
as of right now, and I need the results,
um, of this paternity today to find out
if Aubree is my daughter. Uh, because if she’s not,
I’m gone. I am gone. I want to understand,
Mr. Abbott, your doubt. JUDGE LAKE:
Why are you doubtful? Lacy told me she was pregnant,
and we were very excited. I told family members. You know, we went to
a paternity place to find out, um, if she was actually
pregnant after we had taken
our home test. And they had told
her she was and her family members started
buying her maternity clothes and so forth, and she had
like a guilty conscience. (STAMMERING)
And that’s when she told me. She had messed up and she had
slept with the other dude. ABBOTT: Um, that this
could possibly
not be my child. And I asked her,
“What do you mean?” She told me
that I could only
be the possibility. But right when she got to
her first ultrasound she found out
the conception date. And it was Easter, and she slept with him
and me that Easter weekend. (AUDIENCE GROANS) All right, so, Ms. Lassio,
how did you end up
with another man? You say you made
a mistake. But, how? We were, Jacob and I,
just recently gotten
back together. We were on
like a little break. And we were supposed to have
like this great Easter weekend and go camping and everything. And I don’t remember
why we fighting but we
were in an argument. So when I was hanging out
with one of my friends, and I reached out
to another guy, and whenever I reached out
to him we ended up hooking up. We hooked up one time. And then I was back
together with Jake. And when you say “hooked up”,
that means you had sex. Yes. JUDGE LAKE:
Did you use protection? No, we did not. Who is this guy? Um, he was just someone
from my past, nobody
special or anything. It’s more like, I feel like,
I more contacted him
to shove it in his face, like, oh, I have
my own place and a car now,
and like I’m doing so good. That’s more of the reason,
like why I even contacted him. It was more of
a shove in his face, like
I’m doing so good now. And you’re still doing
nothing with your life. Your Honor, she also cheated
on me with him a year ago. (STAMMERING)
And kept it a secret. And thankfully for
my friend, um, telling me. If he wouldn’t ever
told me, I still wouldn’t
know to this day. She’d sat there and lied to me
the whole time saying
she didn’t do anything, um, there’s nothing
to worry about,
I wouldn’t do this to us.And I sat there and I did
my little investigation
for a few hours,
after she went to bed,
on her phone. Found a fake Facebook.
Got into it. And found out
everything, um, and that’s when I
woke her up and
said, (STUTTERING) “You gonna sit here and deny
it now, when I have
the proof?” So, throughout this whole time
she’s given me no reason
to believe her. Um, ’cause I felt
I was completely fooled. That’s, that’s why we are
here today, I want to know
if Aubree is my girl. And I want to understand
this, you say a year ago
she cheated with the same guy. So, I thought you said
you only slept with him
just the one time. I slept with him
a year prior to that, and that was the first time
that I’d cheated on Jake with him, and since
that point, I denied it
and everything at first. I didn’t think
he could find evidence. And I figured it wasn’t worth
losing my family over. That was like
a mistake that I’d made. And I wasn’t going
to admit to it. I wasn’t going to lose
my family over one horrible
choice that I’d made. And after that, it’s Jacob
started with always thinking I was cheating,
always thinking
I was up to no good. Always just automatically
assuming, like,“Oh, if you’re here,
what are you doing here?”
“Oh, it’s GPS on
your phone says you’re here.” ‘Cause he’s always had
a GPS tracker on my phone. And there’s been
times with the GPS,
I’ve been asleep in bed. And he’s been up checking it,
and the GPS will say, I’m down the street, when
I’ve been in bed sleeping. So how are you gonna
believe a GPS if I’ve
been in bed sleeping and it says
I’m down the street,
if it’s done it once? How am I gonna say,
“I don’t know why
it says I’m over there.” If it’s messed up once,
it’s very possible
it’s messed up every time. So after you cheated
and you came clean
and you told him, he had this tracker
on your phone and he would never
believe anything you say. Correct. Did you sleep with this man
more than one time
or just the one time? Just the one time a year ago
and just the one time, um,
at the conception date. So more than one time. Okay, that’s what
I was hearing. So I wanna understand
these dates, let me go
to my calendar. The doctor told you
your conception date was when? LASSIO: Easter weekend. Easter weekend,
so that’s April. It was in between, like,
April 16th through April 23rd. JUDGE LAKE: All right,
so April 16th through the 23rd is
the window of conception. LASSIO: Yes. JUDGE LAKE:
All right, now. When were you intimate
with Mr. Abbott? I was intimate
with Mr. Abbott before the window
of conception. And on the 20th,
and then after as well. Okay, so during the window
of conception on the 20th,you were intimate
with Mr. Abbott.
LASSIO:Yes.JUDGE LAKE:Now…When were you intimate
with this other guy,
that you say you made the one time mistake,
which is really two times? (AUDIENCE CHUCKLING) On April 18th, Your Honor. JUDGE LAKE: April 18th. So this is the other guy. LASSIO:Yes, Your Honor.JUDGE LAKE:So very clearly
both men fall in the
window of conception.
LASSIO: Yes, Your Honor. JUDGE LAKE:
Two days apart. Why are you so certain
Aubree is Mr. Abbott’s
biological child? How can you
be that certain? I just…
I know she’s his. I know there’s no possible way
that she is the other guy’s. I know she’s his… You know conception
does not require intention. Do you understand? Yeah. Yes. (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) There’s nowhere in
the biology book
that says, “Intention is
the pre-requisite
for conception.” JUDGE LAKE:
How do you know that this other man is
not your baby’s father? The way that Jake
is with her, I believe that’s only
something a father
and daughter can have. I know there’s parents
out there that have great relationships
with their children. But the bond
that they have together. When he walks in the room,
the way that she crawls
after him first. The way that
she’ll throw a fit and tell her dad will look
down at her and pick her up. That’s not something
a step-parent or anyone
in the world can have. That’s only a father and
daughter relationship.That’s, that’s their bond.
Jake is her dad.
And do you feel this
connection too, Mr. Abbott? I do. Um, family says
she looks a lot like me. Um, but with
the conception date
and her doing, that was so close,
I can’t be certain. And so Aubree’s
seven months old? ABBOTT: Yes, Your Honor. Up until this time
you’ve maintained a positive,
healthy relationship with her? Even though you’re doubtful? Yes, Your Honor, I’ve been
there the whole time. Throughout her pregnancy,
I mean, look at
her right there.I love this girl.She is my daughter. (STAMMERING)
I just need the answer
to be sure.Um, so we can move
forward past this.
JUDGE LAKE:And so
you’re an involved father?
ABBOTT:Very involved.Um, I feed her,
I change her diapers,
I’m there.
Um, every minute
I’m not at work, I’m there with Aubree
and the rest of our family. LASSIO: And with
our son as well. JUDGE LAKE: And you have
an older son… LASSIO: Yes. …that’s not Mr. Abbott’s
biological child? No, he is not Mr. Abbott’s
biological child. JUDGE LAKE: But he is
a father to him as well. Yes, my son knows
Mr. Abbott as Dad. He made the choice
to call him Dad, and Jake allowed
him to do so, from the time
he was three years old. Jake has been there. To be his father,
to be his role model,
to help out with his… To help out with schoolwork,
to take him to the park, to show him, you know,
different ways to handle
situations with friends and growing up
and just being a boy. Jake is always there
to help him in any way
that he needs. JUDGE LAKE: And so… (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) JUDGE LAKE:Your intention
to leave the family
if in fact Aubree is not
your biological child will most certainly affect
this young man as well. Right, and… JUDGE LAKE:
So a lot is at stake. Very much so, yes. Were you at the hospital
when the baby was born? I was. I was. You were? JUDGE LAKE: Did you go to
doctors’ appointments? Yes, Your Honor. And you participated? Yes, Your Honor. JUDGE LAKE:And when
you were at the hospital,
did you sign
the birth certificate?
No, I did not sign
the birth certificate
and… JUDGE LAKE: You did not? No, I did not and
that was a very
awkward moment. Um, because I wasn’t
sure if Aubree
was mine, and by then we had
all known that she has slept with
the other guy again. Um, and it was kind
of her choice until we got paternity,
for me to sign
the birth certificate. It was her choice
that she wanted you to? She didn’t necessarily
want me to. She wanted to make sure
that I was the father
before I signed it. And so was his family
at the birth, Ms. Lassio? LASSIO: Yes. And they were aware
that you told him not to sign
the birth certificate? Yes, they were, Your Honor. And when they saw the baby,
what was their reaction? LASSIO: That she looks
just like Jake. That she is
the spitting image
of her dad. It was just hard,
I didn’t want him
to sign his name on the birth certificate,
if he wasn’t because
of my bad choice. I feel it’s best
that we need DNA.We need it done so
we can move on
with our family.
But that’s we need,
and I can’t have him
sign his name, when someone else
could be responsible. And I didn’t want to
mess up his life by having him put his name
on a birth certificate,
if she wasn’t his, that wouldn’t be fair
to him and it wouldn’t
be fair to her. JUDGE LAKE: You’re right.
You’re right. (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) Did you ever tell
this other man? That he potentially
could be the father? LASSIO: Yes. And ask if he wanted to
be a part of her life? Yes, Your Honor, I did. I contacted him
through Facebook, and he wanted nothing to do
with it at all whatsoever. He told me,
“Have an abortion,
it’s not mine. “I can’t have kids,”
I heard every excuse
from him. And he was just a loser. Wow, that’s unfortunate. Our relationship is
crumbling at this point,
Your Honor. I know Jacob
is the father and I know with these results
our family can move forward and we can be a family
and we can go on
and get married. And do everything
that we wanted to do
together with our family. And so, Mr. Abbott, do you regret that choice not
signing the birth certificate or you believe
it was the right
thing to do? I believe at the time
it was the right
thing to do.Now, I wish
I would have
signed it. Uh…
JUDGE LAKE:
Why do you say that when you stand here
saying you have doubts and you have
your truck packed up and you’re ready
to leave your family because of this? Everyone, everyone
says she’s mine, um, but it comes down
to the conception date again. Uh, my mom, family
says she’s an Abbott. She says she,
they look just like me when I was a baby. I mean, look at her. JUDGE LAKE: She’s beautiful. Thank you. But I can see in your eyes
that you really don’t know. I don’t. And I’m here today
to find out, Your Honor. And so, are you certain
that there is no chance that this relationship
can withstand this if, in fact, you are not
Aubree’s biological father? If, uh, if Aubree’s not mine,
Your Honor, I’m gone. There is no more, uh…
It’s a wrap. It’s done. It’s over. I’m gone. These results were prepared
by DNA Diagnostics and
they read as follows. In the case of
Lassio v. Abbott
as it pertains to
seven-month-old Aubree Ann Lassio, it has been determined
by this court, Mr. Abbott, you… Are not her father. (MOUTHING)
Oh, my God. I’m so sorry. It’s over. Mr. Abbott, even given the bond
you’ve already developed with Aubree and Ms. Lassio’s other child, can you really
just walk away? I don’t know. That’s why I didn’t walk away
the first time. (SNIFFS) It’s ’cause, it’s because
of our other son. And I grew up in a broken home
and I don’t want that. It’s obvious
you love the children. (SNIFFS) And you love Ms. Lassio. Yeah. I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can
say to fix it. (SNIFFING) I love you
and the kids love you. Even if it’s not biologically, you couldn’t be any
closer to them than anyone
else in the world. JUDGE LAKE:
Aubree is innocent. And she’s come to
love you, I’m sure, and count on you. You have to consider
all those things. At the end of the day,
it truly is your choice. But if I’m reading your emotion and your intention, I think you
love them all enough to strongly consider it
before you make a decision. Yes. And, Ms. Lassio,
that’s all you can ask. As you can see,
your choices have affected not just Aubree, but your son as well. I don’t have a crystal ball but my heart says
you all have a shot. So remember, one step at a time. Make it a step forward. And keep
the children first, okay? I wish you all
the very best of luck. Court is adjourned.

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