Woman Searches for Father With Only A Name (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Please be seated. Hello, Your Honor. Hello. This is the case of
Manship, Lutman v. Laupp.
Thank you, Jerome.
Good day, everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Manship,
at the age of 10 you were shocked
and devastated to learn that your dad was not
your biological father. That began your 20-year search
to find the man your mother
claims is your father. After your exhaustive search
to find him, you came up with nothing. Well, Ms. Manship,
this court has located him, and he will join us
in a moment. This will be the first time
meeting him and your mother’s
first time seeing him since they broke up
more than 30 years ago. But before we bring in
the defendant, Mr. Laupp, Ms. Manship, tell me
what happened when you
were 10 years old? Um, up until I was 10,
I believed that my brother’s
father was my father. And then they had a DNA test
done and it came back that
he was not my father and that made him
really angry, so he stopped letting me
come over to his house. And you remember
this rejection? I do. And so, how did your mother
tell you that Mr. Laupp was your biological father? Uh, she just, she sat me down
and she had one picture and this is the one picture
that she gave methat I’ve had for
the past 20 years
and I just look at itand she says,
“This is who your father is. “He was the only other person
I was with.” And… He’s just, he’s the only one
that it could be. We had a place where we
hung out when we were younger and I would stop
a police officer
and I’d say,“How do you go about
searching for somebody
that you haven’t,
“that you know nothing about,
that all you have is a name
and a picture?”
And he would give me,
you know, small details of
what he could tell me. What did you do? I would go do
people searches online back when I really had, like,
the Yahoo Chat Rooms I would go to the state
that she told me that
he was from, which was Little Rock,
Arkansas. I would go in there
and I’d mention his name
and say, you know, “Does anybody know this man? “I believe he is my father
and I’ve been searching
for him.” And nobody ever had
any information
they could give me. Um, we even went back… And all you had to go on
was this one photo… MANSHIP: The one picture
and the one name.It’s, it’s, it’s all
the information I had.
And the bar that they met at,
which we went back to, and would ask people,
you know,
has he been back in here?Does he, does anybody
know who he is?
And no one had any answers? Nobody had any answers. Absolutely no leads. None, not at all. JUDGE LAKE: Jerome. I think we need
to hear from him. JEROME: Okay. Please escort Mr. Laupp
into the courtroom. JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Laupp,
thank you so much
for joining us today. We’re here, of course,
discussing the paternity
of Ms. Manship. Have you ever heard about
Ms. Manship being born? No, Your Honor, I didn’t. JUDGE LAKE: When was
the first time you heard
about her? When the courts contacted me
just recently. You never knew she existed? No, Your Honor.
No, Your Honor I didn’t… But you did have
a relationship with
Ms. Lutman. Am I correct? Yes, Your Honor. You remember that? Thirty years ago, yes. I have to ask you, is this you in this photo? LAUPP:Yes, Your Honor.JUDGE LAKE:That is you?LAUPP:Yes.So we know we at least have
the right Mr. Laupp. How does that make you feel,
Ms. Manship? (SNIFFLING) Relieved. JUDGE LAKE: You had no idea
this young woman
had been looking for you for 20 years? No, Your Honor. It makes you very emotional,
Mr. Laupp? Yes, Your Honor. Can you describe to the court
what you must be feeling
in this moment? What are you feeling? Not really sure. Ms. Manship. Can you please tell Mr. Laupp
how hard you searched for him. Will you tell him how long
you’ve been looking? (SNIFFLING)
Since my early teens, I’ve searched everywhere.
I’ve searched phonebooks. I’ve searched online. I’ve asked people
and I’ve never had
a response from anybody. In the past 20 years,
nobody has ever given me
even a single detailof where he’s from
or where he lives.
If he has any family,
I don’t know anything.
JUDGE LAKE: And you’ve never
gotten one lead? Not one. You had no hope until
this court tracked him down? MANSHIP: Yes. What went through your mind
when the court contacted you,
Mr. Laupp. What were you thinking? I was just shocked. Um… You felt shocked because
you had never received
any information. You never even heard
someone say that someone
was looking for you?Nothing?LAUPP:No, Your Honor.What was your relationship
between you and Ms. Lutman back then as you look
at that picture? What was your
relationship like? I believe if I’m not
mistaken, uh, she had picked
me up hitchhiking across town and, um, we were… We were both cuttin’ up
and just having fun and, uh, ended up hanging out
for the day and I think shortly
after that, maybe after a couple
of months, we had, uh,
rented an apartment. Were you boyfriend
and girlfriend? You rented
an apartment together? Yes, Your Honor,
and I believe she had a,
uh, an ex-boyfriend that wasn’t happy
about the situation. Yeah, she had told me
she had, uh, three kids and that she was
about 12 years older
than I was. Um, I definitely remember
her boyfriend not being happy
about it. Her ex-boyfriend
not being happy about it. Did he confront you? We kept it amicable
and then at one point
in time, the… I’m not sure how it happened,
but, uh, he had burned all my clothes up
in the fireplace in, uh… Really? LAUPP:
And for what reason,
I don’t know why, his motorcycle was outside,
um, I kind of tore it up
a little bit. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) JUDGE LAKE: Little bit? LAUPP: Just a little bit. Okay. So, Ms. Lutman,
did you have two men
fighting over you? Uh, well, I only wanted
to keep one. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) JUDGE LAKE: You did? I was really happy
with this man. JUDGE LAKE: You were
very happy with Mr. Laupp? The ex didn’t want to
stay out of the picture. So tell me what happened
when you got pregnant. He said he had to get back
to Arkansas to take care of
business. Me and my ex
got back together and about a month later,
I started getting symptoms of getting pregnant
and I was with my ex so I figured it was
my ex’s baby. You know? So we just
pretended, um, all way up
until I had her, you know. So you, when you found out
you were pregnant, you thought it was
your ex’s child? LUTMAN:Yes.
I mean, I just figured
it was ex’s because,
I mean, a month later,
you know, and being with him. JUDGE LAKE: And so,
you had the baby and you and your ex
raised the baby up until she was 10. That’s when she said
she was told. Yes. What prompted the DNA test? I don’t remember a lot about
when he did the DNA
or why he did the DNA. Uh, I just remember
he came to me and told me that she was not his daughter. And so, when you got
the paternity results, when Ms. Manship
was 10 years old, you immediately knew,
well, if it’s not my ex… It is… True. JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Laupp. Yes. Yes, Your Honor. Were you with any other men
during the window
of conception? No, Your Honor. When the courts contacted me
just recently. Mr. Laupp, do you remember why
or how your relationship with
Ms. Lutman ended? I believe, Your Honor,
we had a get-together, um, at the apartment and, uh, I believe I walked in
the bedroom and both
of them were crashed out
in the bedroom and I guess that’s probably
what threw the towel in
for me, um… But I believe, I thought
I was in town for at least
about six months after that, uh… So you caught her
and her ex together? Well, they were both
asleep in the bed.
I don’t know what… Okay, but they were asleep
in the bed and then that’s what made you
decide to cut it off. To be done with
the relationship. Yes, Your Honor. So, you broke up with her
but you stayed around town for another six months? Yes. JUDGE LAKE: Did you ever hear,
were you ever told that Ms. Lutman was pregnant? No, Your Honor. Were you aware
that she was pregnant? No, Your Honor. Did you ever talk
to her again? I believe after I moved
up north to Ohio, I can’t remember
if I called her, she had called me,
one of the two, um… Do you remember
that conversation,
Ms. Lutman? Well, I never made any calls. I never heard from him
after he left. No. So you say you’ve never heard
from him and you never talked
to him again. No. No, Your Honor. So, Mr. Laupp,
when you were contacted
by the court, did you initially believe
this could be your daughter? Or did you not believe it? Did you say this was,
this has got to be a mistake? I didn’t believe it.
I figured it probably was
a mistake. Um, mainly ’cause the fact
that she knew
quite a few people, um, no, I mean, she had
a lot of male friends and, uh, I’d been married, uh,
four times. First marriage was
12 years and I didn’t have
any children. Um, second marriage was, uh,
two years. Still no children. Um, the sixth month marriage
after that, still no children, and then eight-year marriage
after that without
any children, so I really didn’t
believe that… JUDGE LAKE:So you have
been married several times
and you’ve never had children
with any of your wives?
No, Your Honor.
I always thought I was
shooting blanks all the time. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) So, in addition to not
ever hearing about
Ms. Manship, not ever speaking
to Ms. Lutman,never being told
by Ms. Lutman
that you’re potentially
her daughter’s father,
and you’ve been married
to different women and never fathered a child. No, Your Honor. Ms. Manship, when he said
that your head just dropped, what are you thinking
in this moment hearing that? I’m just… I’m just hoping
that everything
I’ve been told is true, because if it is, I mean,
I’m the only one out there that he has, so… I’ve believed that he’s been
my father so long that I actually named
my youngest son after him. JUDGE LAKE: You did? MANSHIP: I did. Um… JUDGE LAKE:
Oh, that’s beautiful. I named him Dallas Trent, because I didn’t want to miss
the opportunity if he was to have one,
have one of my children
have his name in it. (SNIFFLING) And… There it is. You named your son
Dallas Trent. MANSHIP:And I…JUDGE LAKE:‘Cause his name
is Trent Laupp.
MANSHIP:Yes.And I, um… I haven’t been married, um, in hopes that maybe one day
I did find him, I’d have that one moment left
with him. That’s the only moment
I have left as a father
and daughter-type thing, so… So, all of these years, you never got married because you were saving that
one father-daughter moment, that precious moment… MANSHIP:
That’s all I had left. I’m just hoping that
everything I’ve been told
is true. So, Mr. Laupp, are you willing
and are you open to having
a father-daughter relationship with Ms. Manship should it
be determined that she is
your biological child? Yes, Your Honor,
by all means. JUDGE LAKE: You are? Ms. Lutman,
if for some reason Mr. Laupp is not your
daughter’s biological father, do you have any other
information that could help
lead her to the man who is? No, Your Honor. Well, I think we’ve
waited long enough. Let’s get the results.
Jerome. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) Thank you. You’re welcome. These results were prepared
by DNA Diagnostics and
they read as follows. In the case ofManship, Lutman v. Laupp…When it comes to 30-year-old Tonia Manship, it has been determined by
this court Mr. Laupp, you… …are the father. How do you feel, Mr. Laupp? Pretty happy. JUDGE LAKE: Oh, that’s great. So you got one
beautiful daughter. Yes, I do. And Ms. Manship,
it has been a long road. I know it has and you’ve held on
to that picture. (MANSHIP SNIFFLING) That’s what she held on to
for 20 years, Mr. Laupp. Great. And how many children
do you have, Ms. Manship? I have three boys. JUDGE LAKE:
Three boys you got. A daughter, three grandsons,
Mr. Laupp. What… What a day! (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) But I hope you take
that picture, frame it, I hope you’ll make
your daddy a copy. Because, no, that picture
is a symbol. I mean, look, we, we see
a lot of families in crisis
in this courtroom and we encourage them
each and every day
to never give up hope, that there is always a possibility
for something new. I call them limitless
possibilities around us, each and every day,
every moment. There are possibilities
that we can’t even fathom. Yes, Your Honor. JUDGE LAKE: Right? And from here on out, you don’t have
to be separated again. I can see how happy you are
for your little girl,
Ms. Lutman. Yeah. You are? Yes, Your Honor. I am the happiest person in
the world right now. JUDGE LAKE:
Oh, that’s wonderful. Well, we wish you all
the very best of luck. We have counseling
and resources for you all. Just to talk through it
and figure out how
to go to the next step. But I know one thing,
when you do get married,
Ms. Manship, and your daddy
walks you down that aisle… Please send us a picture. All right, you can
even invite me to
the wedding. I’ma come. (CHUCKLING) All right? All right. I wish you all
the very best of luck. Court is adjourned.

100 Responses

  1. michael Acheampong says:

    Probably the best episode of paternity Court

  2. christian sweeters says:

    UPDATE – After the show, Mr. Laupp started making a full time move to the area where Ms. Manship/Ms. Lutman live, to be near his daughter and grandkids. He and Ms.Lutman are back together! Ms. Manship is planning to finally have her father walk her down the aisle in the next year.

  3. pooja bushan says:

    I miss my dad.. He died… My childhood..

  4. pooja bushan says:

    I can't search my father in this world

  5. Cristina Navarro says:

    So glad it was a happy ending

  6. Star Diamond says:

    Wow 😯 what an amazing story πŸ’•πŸ₯°I’m glad they got each other now… the best story ever!..

  7. Mella pne says:

    Lying on my bed eating cheerios and my tears wet the cheerios😭

  8. Andrea Heflin says:


  9. Helen Talia says:

    ❀ Jerome ❀

  10. Karl Ditz says:

    This first woman looks so old…she look like a woman in her mid 50s.

  11. squawprincess says:

    The mother sounds like old man Herbert the Pervert from Family GuyπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  12. Noah G. X says:


  13. Erica Ebony says:

    I'm literally bawling, oh wow. I'm so happy for her.

  14. oluseye petphil says:

    Wow. This man is a lucky man. From no child to three grandchildren.

  15. Samson Ogbole says:

    I have watched this episode many times and every time I feel the man's pain, shock and joy! Count your blessings name them one by one indeed!

  16. Zombie Delicacy says:

    Wow! Best episode of Paternity Court yet! I cried the whole time! So happy for this family.

  17. Sheena Barrett says:

    So beautiful…i prayed so hard in the few seconds hoping he was the father..so happy for them

  18. Engr Greg says:

    Among the episodes i've watched so far, this has the happiest and best ending..

  19. Namnama Elena says:

    Oooooohhh I love the ending, I cried alot so joyful thank you Jesus..

  20. David Ramsey says:

    Tear Jerker. Big Man a Bawl… β™₯οΈπŸ’«β™₯οΈπŸ’«β™₯οΈπŸ’«

  21. arnetab says:

    I think this is my favorite episode.

  22. Taye Dove says:

    Beautiful story

  23. Annette Odanga says:

    I cried,tears of joy

  24. Dana Marie says:

    Their hug was beautiful

  25. Kaci McDaniel says:

    What a Beautiful Episode. The ending is a tear jerker πŸ˜₯

  26. Muriaroha Wilson says:

    My fav episode. Watched a few times. Awesome

  27. Eric Thomas says:

    He's a man of few words

  28. Tiffany Nelson says:

    This episode makes me really want update videos lol

  29. Nathan Cole says:

    When she said she named her son after the father, wow…..

  30. John Ezeanochie says:

    Best outcome ever!!!!!!!

  31. John Ezeanochie says:

    Best outcome ever!!!!!!!

  32. Samaria Davis says:

    Tears 😭

  33. Started From Scratch says:

    This one had the judge holding the tears back. I'm so happy for her and her boys get to have there grandfather in there life. Such a feel good story πŸ™Œ

  34. CyeOutsider says:

    Wonderful. I'm so happy for both of them πŸ™‚

  35. Helga Cobian says:

    i cried for all i wonder if wedding took place already… i wanna cry again!

  36. Marsha Brightly says:

    thats the reason you should keep ur legs close

  37. S.E.M Mitch says:


  38. May Brad says:

    Lovely ending, praise my Lord Jesus

  39. Moor-ena El says:


  40. Kiingz says:


  41. Kitty Haart says:

    this made me so happy!!

  42. Joey Owens says:

    Mom's Singing Voice would Call in the Legendary Sasquatch.
    LoL. :-p

  43. Raquel Abrahams says:

    Why am I crying. Like a baby…only God knows best!. I would love to be at the wedding 😭😭😭

  44. larue202 says:


  45. Sanjay Bhat says:

    what a happy happy episode and happiest ending

  46. Raida A says:

    Did Ms. Manship & her mother stay in the tanning bed too long?

  47. Naeemah Badia says:

    Aww I LOVE this episode ❀️ this man has so much to look forward to now !

  48. Ashlee Long says:

    Mom sounds like Elmo

  49. Jenn Hill says:

    I’m not crying! You’re crying!!! 😭

  50. Angel D'Souza says:

    Dignity, honesty & decent people made this episode a pleasure πŸ˜„ Good luck to them.

  51. Pam B says:

    This One has me crying

  52. Zoe Martin says:

    best story I ever watch here..😘😘

  53. Tahira Jumah says:

    This was very touching, so happy for them all.

  54. James Jackson says:

    Moms sounds like Mr. Herbert from Family Guy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  55. Shafna Fahick says:

    "You meet people as a lesson or a blessing" This man met her mother as a blessing for he never had had a child. And I've got so much respect for u judge Lake. The things u say are so inspirational. And I feel blessed to know both my parents

  56. Ruth Luna says:

    I hope I'm not the only one that cried for her and the father!

  57. Chestnut Brown says:

    He's an old 51.

  58. Kehinde Ladeji says:

    What a happy ending ☺

  59. Lady-Lynn says:

    I don't know about you all PC family but I could not bare to here the results, if it were not his kid, his heart seem so sad by not having kids, I finally can breathe.

  60. Lady-Lynn says:

    Please do a follow up for this show!

  61. Krys Bell says:

    Oh I hope she did invite her to the wedding!

  62. mai nyaks says:

    Her mom was a dynamite back in the days

  63. mai nyaks says:

    Why did this story make me sooo emotional.The first DNA court case l have ever cried.From no children to 3 grandkids and one daughter

  64. arianefr78 says:

    What a wonderful outcome, he has tried for so many years to have children and didn't know that all along he had a daughter and even has grandchildren…

  65. Anita Aliwonya Musoke says:

    Oh how beautiful and sweet. God is good! πŸ™‚

  66. Lovely Bellzzz says:

    This was beautiful….. Her Dad was in total surprise…. And he cried when he found out his Grandson has his name ❀❀❀❀

  67. Edmund Vitale says:

    Thank G_d for this one!!

  68. 03 Nique says:

    Wow, I was praying he was the father!! Thank God!! Truly a blessing for them both!

  69. Terrance Harroo says:

    Her Mother created this problem..this man missed out 30 years smh

  70. Gail Hawkins says:

    So πŸ™‚ for the young lady πŸ™‚

  71. Noor M says:

    This is the most beautiful episode omgggggggg😭😭😭😭😭😭

  72. Strong Widow says:

    This young lady deserves to found her dad. At least you had a one child

  73. Grace R says:

    What a happy ending. She never gave up hope

  74. Briana Orhuno says:

    I have been watching this program for a while now but I never once drop a comment. But this that I have watched it's amazing and may the almighty GOD continue to bless both the daughter and the father and his three grandson. Amen

  75. Project KJ says:

    I just looked her up on FB and I love the pictures of her and her daddy (looks like they were taken recently – a year after this show). OMG and guess what? Looks like he's with her momma – his profile picture is of him and her momma (maybe they are friends, only but, either way – awesome)! If that don't beat the band. LOVE. IT. Good people. You can tell they are so happy! Love and joy to all!

  76. ada mongoo says:

    This is my Favorite one have watched so many of these cases this still makes me cry

  77. locafly says:

    Let me ask, what is her ethnicity? Why does she look like that? Clearly she’s had a hard life, but the parents, well the father looks white in the photo but the mother has something else going on there…

  78. joe diBOSS says:

    Ok let,s admit it,most of the PC addicted ppl are most likely one who never knew their dad,get to know their dad at an older age,not sure or something along those lines….face it!

  79. joe diBOSS says:

    Talking about shooting blanks now he has to wonder if he has some other loose cannon still looking.

  80. krabitamofo says:

    "what a day Mr Laupp"……

  81. Shannon Hill says:

    A mascara alert should be issued on some of these lol so happy for these two!

  82. Hafidh Al Harthy says:

    Very emotional 😭

  83. Beatrice Badiwon says:

    What a happy ending!!

  84. N XO says:

    I cried my eyes out…

  85. Sistah PsychΡ‘ says:

    😁He immediately reminded me of the creepy neighbor who was estranged from his family from Home Alone #1 that ended up befriending and saving Kevin. He looks and sounds JUST like him. Mr. Laupp's reaction to the results were similar to the actor's when he reunited with his family at the end of the movie.😒 This was just beautiful!❀ I'm so glad that they found each other.πŸ€—

  86. assenav ogneram says:

    They are both so lucky ❀

  87. Nomy Jackson says:


  88. Carola Adolf says:

    now that's gorgeous!!! πŸ™‚

  89. Leilani Ku'uipo says:

    This is the absolute best PC I've ever seen. What a huge blessing πŸ™‚

  90. Chidochashe E shanga says:

    An emotional ending episode i have ever encountered.This is totally amazing.

  91. The Underdog says:

    Judge, uuuuh….*whispering…your cleavage is showing… Ma'am.πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ€«

  92. devora arceo says:

    I so much cried,yessss this story was touching, I'm so much happy for her and for the dad now he had a daughter and 3 grad son's wonderful day😍

  93. Norda Brown says:

    I'm having mixed feeling here. I'm happy but sad at the same time for him bcuz he missed 30 yrs of his daughter's life, the first tooth, first step, first word, etc.

  94. C&C Phx says:

    My favorite episode

  95. Sugarplumz Redz says:

    So happy for them all bless him he’s seems such an honest soul πŸ€—

  96. Sondra Kolner says:

    Ok, this one made me cry!


    Wonderful people. Three of them are just very gentle. So happy for them all. My best episode

  98. iamkrazybonez says:

    Ok this episode made me smile

  99. Lina Luki says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful! 😭❀

  100. Heather Lynde says:

    Those gosh darn onions

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