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Is 13-Year-Old Father Victim of a Scam?

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Family friend says yes, according to new reports.

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Underage father Alfie Patten is reportedly the victim of a scam to make as much money as possible off his story.

The Daily Mail reports that young mom Chantelle Stedman was told by her mother to say that 13-year-old Alfie was the baby's father so that they could cash in on their incredible story.

39-year-old Clive Sim, who says he is a close friend of Chantelle's parents, claims that the schoolgirl was ordered to keep quiet about sleeping with other boys so that the so-called "teenage dad" story could be sold to newspapers for thousands of dollars.

Sim, who says he's known Chantelle's parents for years, says: "Penny [the mother] told Chantelle to keep quiet about other boys because they wouldn't get any money. They know that Alfie being the dad makes a better story. I think there's a big scam going on here."

The sensational claims come as UK bookmakers have begun taking bets on who the father of week-old baby Maisie Roxanne really is. Alfie is still the odds-on favorite.

It has been suggested that there are may be up to six potential fathers. Chantelle, 15, is said to be distraught at the allegations, and still proclaims that Alfie is the only boy she slept with. Alfie, for his part, says he wants to take a paternity test to prove that he is the child's father.

Both Alfie and Chantelle's parents are believed to have netted thousands of dollars in media deals so far, but Sim claims that Alfie is being 'exploited' by the families to make as much money as possible.

"It's all pretty sordid," he told the Mirror. "Alfie may not be an angel and nor is Chantelle. But at the end of the day they are only children and it is the adults around them making bad decisions based on money, not their welfare."

Sim also says Chantelle's mother told him she once walked in on her young daughter having sex.

Both Richard Goodsell, 16, and 14-year-old Tyler Barker who live close to the Stedmans in Eastbourne, East Sussex, have claimed paternity.

Goodsell says he had sex at least three times with Chantelle around the time she became pregnant. "I know I could be the father," he said. "Everyone thinks I am. My friends all tell me that baby has my eyes -- even my mum thinks so."

Meanwhile, Barker says: "I slept with Chantelle about nine months ago and I'm really worried I could be the father. I hope it's not me. All my mates have been teasing me about it but this isn't funny, it's serious."

Do you think Alfie is the victim of a scam?


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