Schoolboy dad Alfie Patten has vowed to take a DNA test to prove he is the father of his teen girlfriend’s baby daughter.
Alfie, 13, was shockingly revealed as Britain’s youngest dad last week after 15-year-old Chantelle Steadman gave birth to their daughter Maisie.
But last night it emerged that THREE other local youths claim to have had sex with his schoolgirl partner – and one, Tyler Barker, 15, has told his mum HE is Maisie’s dad.
Now baby-faced Alfie, urged on by his love-rat father Dennis, 45, says he will undergo a paternity test to silence the gossips and protect Chantelle’s reputation.
Speaking from his home in Hailsham, East Sussex, 4ft-tall Alfie told The People: “Other stupid boys are lying, saying bad things, like they have slept with Chantelle too.
“But I am the only boyfriend she has had and we’ve been together for two years, so I must be the dad.
“When she found out she was having a baby, I asked her ‘Am I the dad?’ and she went ‘Yeah’ so I believe her.
“I didn’t know about DNA tests before, but Mum explained it’s when they do a swab in your mouth and it tells you if you’re the dad.
“So, if I have that, they can all shut up. But I don’t really care what people say. And I don’t like them being bad about Chantelle.”
Alfie’s dad Dennis – who dumped wife Nicola, 43, for a teenage friend of her eldest daughter – is clearly pushing for the test despite Nicola’s reservations.
In his first interview since Maisie’s birth, Dennis – the twice-wed dad of seven children and one stepdaughter – told the People: “A DNA test is the only way to settle this once and for all.
“When Nicola told me Alfie was going to be a dad, I said ‘How do you know it’s his?’ “I kept asking if she was sure because I thought a boy of his age wasn’t capable of conceiving.
“And Alfie looks so much younger than 13. That’s the point of all this. He looks a little kid himself and it’s so shocking.
“Then I asked if Chantelle could have a termination, but she was too far gone.
“I spoke to Alfie on the phone and he was obviously frightened to death and scared he would get into trouble.
“But he says they had sex once and he must be the dad.
“But then these other lads have come out of the woodwork claiming they have gone with Chantelle too.
“I am not saying I believe them and I don’t want to blacken the girl’s reputation, but we have to know for sure – for Alfie, for her and for that baby.
“This is a big enough burden for a 13-year-old lad to cope with, but, if he is having to take responsibility for a child that isn’t his, then what will that do to him?”
Taking responsibility is a somewhat ironic phrase coming from Dennis, who has been branded an irresponsible father by his first wife Adriana and by one of his own daughters.
Nicole, 19, Alfie’s half-sister, blames Dennis for abandoning his son and being a poor role model.
The vehicle fitter, who has two other children by Alfie’s mum, walked out on them for a 19-year-old friend of Nicola’s daughter, Jade, 21, herself a teen mum. But Dennis is arrogantly defiant of any suggestion that he is a feckless father or that Alfie’s situation is a shocking indictment of family life in broken Britain.
He said: “I’ve been the best dad I could.
But we all make mistakes.
“Maybe if I had a bit more money, it would have been easier. My kids all say I’m a good dad, though, a good role model. But perhaps, recently, I haven’t been around enough for Alfie.
“I admit I didn’t talk to him about the birds and the bees, but, to be honest, I thought he wouldn’t even be interested.
He’s only 13.
“I think I was about 25 before I got into women – or maybe they got interested in mewhen I started driving. Girls were too much trouble for me.
“But Alfie needs me now and I will help him all I can.
“I’ve seen Maisie once in hospital. Do I think she looks like Alfie?”
He laughs, shrugs his shoulders and says: “She looks like any other baby.
They all look the same to me. But a DNA test will sort this out.
“I don’t give a s**t what people say about me or the sort of dad I am.
“I would just say ‘Look in the bloody mirror. Welcome to the real world’.”
Despite being dumped, Dennis’s ex Nicola claims he has been a good dad to Alfie and their two other kids.
But as they chat in the living room of her comfy £345,000 home, little Alfie, looking pale and drawn, wanders in wearing his school uniform top, black trousers and white trainers.
Instinctively, he goes to his half-sister, Suzannah, 22, for a cuddle before moving to his mum and sliding under her arm for another hug.
And he has to be prompted to pose for photographs with Dennis – and the pair look awkward and embarrassed when asked to hug and kiss.
Alfie’s innocent face made headlines around the globe as he posed for photos with 7lb 3oz Maisie and her mum Chantelle, who seems years older than her schoolboy lover.
Cradling his daughter and giving her a bottle, the dark-haired youngster was pictured looking wide-eyed and bewildered despite his claims he is ready to be a responsible parent.
But yesterday, back home with his mum Nicola, Alfie quickly reverted to his true self – a shy, immature 13-year-old now forced to face responsibilities far beyond his years.
When The People arrived to interview him Alfie was sprawled on the livingroom floor reading a favourite book about fast cars.
Then his mum’s mobile phone rang with a call from Chantelle at home with her parents Steve 43, and Penny, 38, who live with their five sons on benefit in a council house nearby.
Nicola chatted to Chantelle as if she was a friend of her own age but ended the call by saying: “Don’t ring him so often Chantelle, Alfie’s so upset and needs to get his head round things for a while.”
Alfie, then ran upstairs and could be heard sobbing in his bedroom.
A few moments later he came down, was ordered to wash his face, then brought into the living-room again to “answer the lady’s questions.”
So, Alfie, do you love Chantelle?
“Dunno,” he shrugged.
Did you get her a Valentine’s card?
Did you know how babies were made before you had sex with Chantelle?
“‘Course” he said looking away in embarrassment.
Do you like changing the baby’s nappies? “It’s OK but getting it back in the clothes is hard – the arms are the worst bit.”
Are you looking forward to getting back to school soon? “No, school’s dead boring.”
What are your favourite subjects?
“Dunno. Haven’t got any. Not maths.”
What would you like to do when you grow up? “Go in the Army, but Mum says she won’t let me.” And how is Maisie today Alfie?
“Okay,” he shrugged, “she’s been asleep.”
Moments later Alfie is squealing and laughing in the hall as he teases his pet bulldog Winnie with a plastic chicken.
His mother frowns, grabs the toy from Alfie and screams: “Stop that, just get in here and behave!”
And with that the young father, with the responsibility of a newborn child on his shoulders, skulks back into the livingroom, climbs on his mother’s lap and asks her for a cuddle.