Paternity Test Will be Crucial Test in California Child Custody Case

A California father is trying to organize paternity tests to prove two small girls found in appalling conditions in an Idaho apartment are his daughters, according to an Associated Press report carried in the San Jose Mercury News.

The paper reports that 41-year-old Scott Crossley discovered barely two weeks ago that his estranged wife was arrested in Idaho last December. She now faces charges of felony injury to a child. The charges stem from the twin two year old girls found with her. According to the paper, at the time the mother was arrested the girls were “living in a filthy Idaho apartment with dried feces caked on their bodies.” The paper, quoting police, also reports that excrement was smeared on the apartment’s walls and that piles of dirty diapers were on the floor and elsewhere.

The children were discovered and rescued when “a passer-by alerted authorities about the girls after spotting them through the window of the apartment.”

Crossley’s coming battle to assert his California father’s rights will turn on the medical tests. According to the Mercury News he and the twins mother split up “in May 2008 over infidelity, about a month before the girls were conceived.” The fact that he believes the babies may be his, however, certainly implies that the split was not complete, at least at first. At the time the couple lived here in California and Crossley’s wife did not file for a California divorce until later in the summer of 2008. The couple have been married since 2002, according to the paper.

Paternity issues such as these can be extremely difficult and complex. In such situations securing the assistance of an Orange County family law attorney with experience in father’s rights cases, as well as divorce and paternity issues, is an essential first step in the battle to protect and enforce your rights as a parent.

AP via San Jose Mercury News: Calif. Man seeking paternity test for Idaho twins