Woman Found Potential Father Through DNA Testing (Full Episode) | Paternity Court


You may be seated. -Hello, Your Honor.
-Hello. This is a case of
Luttrell v. Leaks.
Thank you so much, Jerome.
Good day everyone. [audience] Good day. Ms. Luttrell, you filed
your case because you say after
a lifetime of confusion of not knowing who your biological
father is and receiving no help
from your mother, you are now hopeful
because you believe you have finally
found your dad. Is that correct? -Yes, Your Honor.
-Ms. Melody Luttrell, you say you are regretful that you cannot help
your daughter in her search
for her father but hope that search
ends today, -is that correct?
-Yes, Your Honor. You will present your case
to this court and we will determine if there is enough
viable evidence to grant a DNA test. [Judge Lake] So, Ms. Luttrell,
why do you need this DNA test? I’m pleading with you,
Your Honor, for this DNA test because I basically
was robbed of a relationship
with my father my whole life
for 29 years. -And…
-And, Ms. Luttrell, you believe you finally found your biological father? Yes, I believe that
I found him because I did a DNA test
through ancestry.com. [Judge Lake] And you have
never met him? No, I never met him
in person face to face. [Judge Lake] All right. Are you ready to see him
for the first time? Yes. [chuckles] I’m really excited,
I really would like to see him. Jerome, will you please
escort Mr. Leaks
into the courtroom. [Jerome] Hello, Mr. Leaks. -Can you go up there
on the left hand side there?
-Sure. Hello, Mr. Leaks. Hello, Judge. Thank you for joining us,
I saw you all connect through a gaze. -[Leaks] Yes.
-How does it feel
to finally meet and see the woman who believes
she’s your daughter? It feels great. It’s good to see her. [audience] Aw! That’s wonderful. So, can you tell me
about your childhood,
Ms. Luttrell. My childhood was pretty rough, growing up with my mom
being a single mom, she’s a very hardworking
single mom, and my whole life I always wanted to know
who my father was, so… What were you told
about your father? As a young child,
around eight years old, I was told that, um,
my father had went to the store and apparently it was
to buy cigarettes and he never came back. So that was the first story, that my mother told me and then when I was
13 years old, she told me that… Basically she didn’t really
want my father in my life and so I was really confused
and I asked her again, you know
as an adult, I figured, “Hey, she’ll probably
tell me the truth.” So, I asked her about my father
and she told me that basically, you know, “Sorry, daughter,
I just really don’t know, it was so long ago
and I can’t remember.” Ms. Luttrell,
why so many stories? I really didn’t know
but I was concerned and I tried to give her
the best answers I could. Understood, so you actually
submitted an exhibit to
the court? You say there are
three possible fathers, one of which
was a co-worker. -Yeah.
-Can you tell me about
the coworker? Yes, we, uh, dated
and we got familiar
with each other and then it
ended up in intimacy. [Judge Lake] Did you
ever tell that person
you were pregnant? I didn’t know
how to contact them and I had
moved as well. All right,
you also say that there was a classmate, can you also tell me
about your relationship with the classmate? We got to know each
other in class and then went out and it had also
ended up in intimacy. [Judge Lake] When you
found out you were pregnant, did you reach out
to that person, did you know
how to reach him? It was the same,
it was the same as the other man,
that I didn’t really know how to
contact him. You were having sex
with all these men and you didn’t even
get their phone number or know their full name
or where they’re from? [Melody Luttrell]
Well, they were like
short relationships. So I didn’t know
really were they were. Well, were they relationships you don’t know their names
or their phone numbers. What happened
with Mr. Leaks? Oh, I, um, there was a… It was a party
that had occurred in my neighborhood
and I got to know, uh, somebody I don’t know
if it was him, but somebody,
that, um, could be her father
at that party. [audience exclaiming] -Do you know this man?
-I don’t know him. I don’t know…
I don’t know him. When she brought him up,
I just said that
he looked familiar. So, Ms. Luttrell,
what did your mother tell you about Mr. Leaks? My mom told me that she was with
an African American. And so how did you connect
with him through his family? Through ancestry.com. I directly messaged a family member
who was my cousin, who said he was my cousin. And then his wife
actually was the one who made his profile. So I was talking directly
mostly with his wife. And then I also talked
to him as well, and they came to
the conclusion that
possibly Lee Leaks could be my father
in the family. Ah. And I told them that
my whole life, I’ve been looking
for my father and I found that our DNA
matched on ancestry.com, so I wanted to reach out
to them and see, possibly,
if they could help me
figure out who would be my father
in the family. You submitted that
original message
to the court. It reads… [Judge Lake reading] So, how did they connect you
to Mr. Leaks? They gave me his phone number,
as well as his name, and so I was able to
look at his Facebook and I requested him
as a friend. And I also seen pictures
of his children, and particularly
his daughter, I noticed she looked
a lot like me when
I was little. It was actually
like seeing a ghost. So, did he fit the description of someone
your mom had described? No, well, my mom,
like I said, the three stories
that I gave you was all the information
that she gave me. But when I talked to her about,
like, the age range as well, like at the time,
he would’ve been, I think 19 and she was 35, she said
it’s possible because she remembers going
to the party, like she had stated
and he was younger. Oh, she remembered
sleeping with a young guy -at this party?
-Yes. Yes, Your Honor. So, Mr. Leaks, you are 15 years younger
than Ms. Luttrell. -Mmm-hmm.
-Do you remember
this party and this one night stand? No, I’m just looking at her
right now thinking, “Okay, it’s nice
to meet you.” But, uh… -[audience laughing]
-You know, um… Very nice to meet you. And, um, no… I was not at
that party. Were you ever at a party
having sex with an older woman? No. You know, if I’m having
a child or anything like that, if I even know
there’s chance
I’ll have a child, I’m sticking around. I’m not going anywhere. -Well, Ms. Luttrell
has testified…
-[audience applauding] …that this seemed like
a one night stand and she didn’t let
anybody know. [Leaks] Nah, I don’t do that. It’s not my get down. [Judge Lake] So, Ms. Luttrell submitted a younger photo
of herself. Does that look more
familiar to you? No. So you don’t remember her
from a party? You don’t remember her? No. I will say this, if I can
just share this with you. -Yes.
-Can you hand it? [Judge Lake] What is this
evidence, sir? This is a picture of her
right next to my mom, they’re side by side
on here. [Judge Lake] Okay,
let me see that. And they look so much alike, she’s related to us
somehow, someway. [Judge Lake] So, this is
a picture of Ms. Luttrell. [Leaks] And my mom. [Judge Lake] And your mom? And you believe they
look so similar that somehow she’s related
to your family? [Leaks] Somehow. There’s too many
similarities in that… So can you take me
to the day you were first
contacted by Ms. Luttrell? We had long conversations
and it’s just her nature, for one, I can’t see myself
doing that, you know, somebody
that much older than me. You know,
15 years older than me and I was dating her
when I was 18, I would remember that. -You know, that’s…
-So, you really don’t
remember her? [Leaks] I’ve never met her
before in my life. But then… I’m here to close this up and have her feeling
more secure about her future. And she deserves
a father figure or a father, you know, to be there
for her. Whichever way it may be. [audience applauding] So, what’s even more
interesting is this court uncovered where both of you
would’ve been living during the window
of conception. And the truth is, you all
didn’t live too far away from one another
at that time. You were in Sacramento. -Mr. Leaks?
-[Leaks] Mmm-hmm. And, Ms. Luttrell,
you were as well, about 14 minutes away
from one another. So, I mean, it wouldn’t be
inconceivable to think you could’ve been
at the same party. I wasn’t at no party. -[audience laughing]
-Hey, if I was partying
that good, -that must’ve been
a good party and I mean…
-[audience laughing] -[Erica Luttrell] Your Honor.
-Yes… When I contacted
his family members, they told me that,
you know, he had pre… He had a wild history before, so maybe he was partying and that’s why
they really thought it’s a possibility that
he was my father. [Judge Lake] So when you
connected with his family, they basically said
he had some wild years and that it wasn’t
inconceivable that he could be
your biological father. Yes, Your Honor,
that’s why today I’m begging you,
I’m pleading for this DNA test because we have
a really strong
connection as well over the phone. I felt like his daughter
just talking with him, and as well as
the other similarities with me being a musician,
he told me that his mother was a singer, so… I really and truly believe
that this is a big possibility that he’s my father,
so I’m pleading you
for this DNA test, please. [Judge Lake] You know,
this case is very interesting. What strikes me is that, when you walked into
the courtroom, Mr. Leaks, you were satisfied
with the possibility that she could potentially
be your daughter which says to me
that at some point, twenty-nine, 30 years ago, you were having some sex
with somebody. [Leaks] Mmm-hmm. And there are family members
of yours saying that it is not so far-fetched
that he could be your father and then you say,
“Well, if I’m not her
biological father, somebody in my family is because she looks just like
my mother to me.” [Leaks] Yeah. -This is crazy.
-[Leaks] Exactly. [audience laughing] That’s my life. [Judge Lake] And I don’t mean
that as a legal term, that’s just “wow.” And with that said, I listened to your testimony,
Ms. Luttrell. And I do believe, that there has been
sufficient evidence presented, to warrant this court
granting the DNA testing. Yes, thank you,
Your Honor. I need this closure,
um, even just to move on, you know, emotionally,
to be healthy emotionally as well as for my son. So he knows
who his grandfather is. -Um…
-And the truth is… if you are not granted
this test, you’re going to forever
think and wonder. -Exactly.
-“Was there just
one step missed?” “Am I connected
to this family?” There are just
so many questions, and I may not be
able to answer every question, but the paternity question, this court has
the ability to answer. And we will do that
for you, it is ordered, that both of you are
to submit to DNA testing, and we will resume
this case at a later date, and I will have
those answers for you. [Erica] Thank you
so much, Your Honor.
[Leaks] Thank you. -Court is adjourned.
-[audience applauding] Since our last hearing, have you had any other thoughts, concerns? I’m just so confused
on whether he’s my father or not
but I really, hope and pray
that he is so my search is over. This is not just
a paternity question, this is a paternity mystery. This has been truly
a fascinating case. I have the results. And if you’re ready,
Ms. Luttrell, I will read them to you. -Yes, I’m ready.
-All right. Jerome, may I have
the envelope, please? [audience applauding] These results were prepared
by DNA Diagnostics and they read
as follows. In the case of
Luttrell v. Leaks,
when it comes to
29-year-old Erica Luttrell it has been determined
by this Court Mr. Leaks… You… are not the father. [audience exclaiming] I’m very sorry,
Ms. Luttrell. I’ll just, um… You know, first of all,
I wanna say I really appreciate that
Lee came today and he was here
’cause I just popped up
out of the blue in his life and we already have
a relationship as a family and we’ve created
a relationship over
eight months. So, um, definitely
wanna continue that -and, um, hopefully
we can find out together…
-[Leaks] Definitely. …who’s my father
in the family. [sighs] [audience applauding] [Erica sighs] [whispers] It’s okay. [Judge Lake] I want you
to talk to Dr. Jeff and really be honest
about your feelings, I feel like you’re
holding on to a lot, that you’re carrying
the burden of this by yourself
and you feel like you are. [Leaks] Excuse me,
no, she’s not. -I’ll be there.
-[audience applauding] And I would just
encourage you, if you’ve gotten information
back from Ancestry that there is
some relation, to this family, then this mystery, is just waiting
to be solved. I wish you all
the very best. -Court is adjourned.
-[Leaks] Thank you.

100 Responses

  1. M.Young says:

    why didnt they ask who else stayed with him in Sacramento? The mans pops could have been creeping. Does he have brothers, Uncles, and or cousins that would visit the home… Man they left some questioning out…

  2. Jason Torian says:

    he the uncle cousin or sumin……

  3. Jason Torian says:

    its good that even as a family member…..he was willing to embrace her ….hope fully she is closer that she was to finding out

  4. C M says:

    I'm trying my best not to scroll down..But I don't know if anybody else did the math, the mammy was 35 messing with a 16 year old boy…old nasty hags!

  5. Mercedes Hudson says:

    His father needs to be tested

  6. Lucy Walton says:

    I believe Mr. Leakes 🤷🏽‍♀️

  7. The Truth says:

    Momma smashed the entire family. that's
    messed up and she still grew up to be an amazing young woman

  8. cali skye says:

    Mr leaks is a handsome man. Her mom just wasnt specific on nothing, i wish her the best.

  9. crosstudio says:

    but is he her brother?

  10. Dashan Wellington says:

    This lady just going out and sleep with different men she ain know they names nor they number or remember the faces shame on her

  11. mai chinhamora says:

    Mother cant even remember gheeez some dementia or because it's a lot of men ?and looks way older.
    Updated-oh she was 35 and slept wth a 19 year old ummm that's disturbing

  12. mai chinhamora says:

    Mr Leaks looks really good and young

  13. GINA L says:

    I thought this was a no-brainer since 99.3% of brothas in Sacramento are with white girls.

  14. Quandra Moore says:

    This is one of the saddest cases I ever seen. I really would like for their to be an update. If the DNA test she already had proved she is in Mr. Leaks family then it has to be a relative to him. Hopefully one of his male relatives step up after this airing and finding out about her.

  15. Desiree Walters Live Your Journey says:

    You are officially registered as an addict once you start saying Good day after lake. If you watching and dont respond to her saying good day your not an official PC addict. 😂😂😂😂 im saying good day like im on the show

  16. chilove 92 says:

    She’s a very beautiful young lady but am I thee only who had method man vibes from mr.leaks!?!

  17. L Damper says:

    They should have done a relation test first.

  18. Sarah Sulton says:

    That's a good looking older man…☺️😘

  19. Cynthia Lloyd says:

    I’m so sorry for this woman, but happy that she knows she’s related to Mr. Leak and the black side of her family is there accepting her with open arms. I pray she gets closure.😢💕 🙏🏽

  20. pinkchocolate305 says:

    "That's not my get down" You better let them know. Lol!!
    They're related somehow.

    ETA: The ending brought tears to my eyes when he corrected the judge…"Excuse me, no she's not. I'm here" Yes!!

  21. Niamh-Creates says:

    If she matched with his family on Ancestry, then they are definitely related. He may not be her father, but someone else in his family is.
    My guess is that he is her cousin, so her biological father is probably his uncle. It's even possible that they are half-siblings.

  22. Brenda Nkhoma says:

    This man is so cool!

  23. Detroitman. says:

    Daddy sound good.

  24. DXXP SOUL says:

    Mom’s neck is giving me the fkn creeps!!!

  25. eboni davis says:

    Mom 64 Mr. Leaks 49 😳

  26. Addictiveone876 Azar says:

    Maybe that’s his sister, his father’s child

  27. Janice Green says:

    Nice Show

  28. I PUT NO EFFORT INTO USERNAMES says:

    “He left to get cigarettes and never came back”

  29. Shonta Taylor says:

    He’s a handsome man. I can’t see this man being interested in that old white woman at any time in his life.

  30. Livi Renea says:

    Um…I um…um…um…ummmm!

    Mama seems like she doing a whole lotta stories. I don't even think if she remembers the truth.

  31. canessa johnson says:

    Ooooo Mr. Leeeeeaaakkkksss! 😌👀💅🏽

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  34. Sheila collins says:

    Yikes that mother's lips are scrawny thin😟 …and mom was a hoe back in the day

  35. DeAndra Brown says:

    That family is hiding something for sure.

  36. BeStill Patience says:

    I blame the devil for this madness …if GOD wanted us all the same race, or mixing races, he'd made us all the same!! …I'm afraid of mixed people!! ….

  37. Trey45 says:

    What if he has family's he doesn't kno?? 🤔

  38. Stephanie Davis says:

    I hope we get an update on this young lady’s story. I would love to see who her real father is.

  39. Made in Trinidad says:

    His voice 😍

  40. D-D.Nashton -Report says:

    Very handsome man.

  41. Orlando Johnson says:

    I have read through a lot of the comments and I see so many women say that this guy is a good guy. You'll decided this after watching a 16:28 minute clip? He maybe!! Just because he is handsome and has a smooth voice you ladies melt in this guys presence? Whatever happen to evaluation, waiting, being careful? This is the reason why we have Paternity Court, Court TV, and Divorce Court. Ladies what happen to you these days?

  42. Drk RE says:

    When the mother said 3 possible men she meant 33 – and the local football team, and the postman, and the milkman, and some guy walking past who was lost, and Jerome looks familiar…

  43. Kinks n' Curls says:

    Now That's weird 😕 they are related but not related?? 🤔

  44. Xenaraes Journey says:

    I feel like the daughter and “father” like each other you know what I mean… 👀

  45. harleycharley says:

    MOmma got around fo shizzle!

  46. hudojni4ka says:

    What a nice guy! God bless him.

  47. Liz Copple says:

    I hope she finds another prospect in the family and comes back! I want to see this case solved for her. And what a nice man!

  48. June Griffith says:

    Hé is not the father so sorry for her

  49. Shaunelle Mckenzie says:

    Judge should have tested to see if they are related in any other way. Mom doesnt remember him, he diesnt remember her, chances are he isnt the father

  50. Telfia Muckeroy says:

    That woman looks like HIS grandmother

  51. Isa Manneh says:

    Mr Leaks was looking FINEE in that turtleneck though!!!!!

  52. KevinPlan says:

    No surprise..that "gaze" look he gave meant "I'll be your daddy alright"..he a cat daddy and eventually go pop that coochie…

  53. Ann Dee says:

    I knew he wasn’t the dad because when he said he wasn’t at a party and he doesn’t get down like that with much older women I believed him. Seems like the judge was trying to make him say otherwise by showing where he lived at the time. I’m like he said 👎🏽

  54. V P/JUICEE says:

    I want a ZADDY!

  55. D'Nicety says:

    What I don't understand is why they didn't discuss whether he had cousins about his age or brothers or maybe an uncle that could have fathered her. why did they just automatically assume it was him?

  56. v04012014 says:

    Her moms not being totally honest about this we’re only hearing some of the story.

  57. Keekee ThaQueen says:

    Why didn’t the judge ask if he have any brothers or cousins that fit the description???

  58. Cicely Burns says:

    My first thought when the mom started testifying was Keke Palmer….. "Sorry to this man. I don't know this man." 😂

  59. Angel Diannah says:

    I know we’re not here for this but…… he’s fine

  60. Cecilia LASHLEY says:

    I’m thinking he is the uncle

  61. Erica F says:

    He ain’t the daddy, old white lady with a young black man. I hope he remembered her mama and she is telling her the truth or it’s his daddy

  62. Miriam FumiDesigns says:

    Ummmm she doesnt look like his mom

  63. Miriam FumiDesigns says:

    That is a nice looking man.

  64. Clevert Bacchas says:

    I
    Look at these programmes and it breaks my heart to see grown people not knowing who they’re biological father is. The pain and trauma that they must’ve been through to be denied their identity. It should be a law that every single human being must know their biological parents, regardless of the circumstances of their conception. It should not be a privilege as is now practiced. And of the parties found guilty, they must pay for it.

  65. Jennifer Love says:

    Hoe-Bag parents destroying their children’s lives…disgusting

  66. August Knight says:

    Mr Leaks did not leak in her mother.

  67. MORNINGLORY 73 says:

    Finally a good looking mature none bad mouth real man

  68. lucidity4 says:

    Just now watching, but the title has me confused. I have taken DNA tests with 3 different companies after losing half my identity. Ancestry shows you a predicted relationship with every DNA match. I wonder how many centimorgans they share and if he is an uncle or cousin.

  69. Yoag 1 says:

    What the..? The man said he never saw the mom, he never slept with an older woman, etc. But she keeps wanting him to be her dad.

  70. Yoag 1 says:

    He's 15 years younger than the mom. They should test His father! They may be brother and sister.

  71. Call me Mj says:

    So ok she was 35 and he was 19 okay

  72. Mark Spencer says:

    FAMI(LÖY::IS THIS SHOW OFF YOUTUBE ???????

  73. Lisa Wilson says:

    This girl’s Mom sure got around. JFC

  74. Debbee says:

    I loved the mother, I was prepared not too because she looks hard, she isn't, she is sweet as can be. she raised a great little girl. Never judge a book by the cover. Someone needs to go through that list of relatives and find out who her dad is. He is a darling too. All of them were so great.

  75. Debbee says:

    We need to all find out who her father is….we need "the rest of the story."

  76. Shafie Anafie says:

    The American Shame.

  77. Wason Audio Visual Entertainment says:

    Is is me, or does she look like Alicia Keys ?

  78. Jazzy says:

    if both daughter and father take a dna test on ancestry it will show up as parent/child no doubtt

  79. Kayla Howard says:

    That voice and he handsome

  80. ANTIGUA and BARBUDA VLOG says:

    Their probably cousins

  81. Santana Myhand says:

    Ok Barry White😏 let me keep watching👀

  82. Lauren Lexus says:

    A white 39 year old woman even thinking about sleeping with a 19 year old African American male …… hmmm disgusting . Yet not surprised.

  83. ams30393 says:

    Maybe they should have done an uncle test or relatedness as well.

  84. ams30393 says:

    I think the father is way older than this handsome man in front of us with a sexy voice right here. So maybe Mr sexy right here is an uncle or a nephew of the father.

  85. Afrikan Child 2024 says:

    How old is her mom?

  86. Tach Jay says:

    Wow!! The Mom is just….😣😢

  87. A.H-Een says:

    He looks like Will Smith

  88. Bianca B says:

    That's a real man

  89. Cj W says:

    If Ancestory says they are related, they are related.
    Having done Ancestory myself, I KNOW FOR A FACT THEY TELL YOU HOW CLOSELY YOU ARE RELATED !!!

    SO, SOMEBODY IN THAT FAMILY IS DEFINITELY HER FATHER !!!

  90. NoraBeeCool says:

    He's a real good dude any child would be happy to have him as a dad

  91. skylez Z says:

    How about his father or brothers

  92. Miss Payne says:

    Her mother sounds like she was a "lady of the night". SMH Women gotta do better.

  93. Skye says:

    They should have asked if he was living with any brothers or cousins in Sacramento at that time, or if any relatives lived nearby. Plus Ancestry gives specific relatedness percentages. They are drawing this out more than necessary.

  94. Yasmeen ya says:

    Her father is very hot🤷‍♀️ ❤❤😂😂😂🤷‍♀️

  95. Kathy Wedzik says:

    She needs to know who her dad is, shame on the mom

  96. Tanika Trenice says:

    They sure know how to drag out those results. Scrolls through comments 😂

  97. Sola Sunny says:

    What a very lovely man. Erica seems a sweetheart too. So nice he wants to help her in her search for her biological father. I wish she can resolve this mystery…🌹

  98. imserious2187 says:

    Her and his mom look nothing alike 😂

  99. imserious2187 says:

    She is beautiful tho

  100. Rich John says:

    That lady is nasty!!!!!!!!

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