Teen Mama Drama: Paternity Test

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“Taten is trying to deny that the baby is his. And when people ask him, he simply says, ‘The kid’s not mine.’ I know 100 percent that Taten is the father,” Caitlyn says.

“Caitlyn’s cheated on me at least four times. I’ve told Caitlyn straight to her face that ‘Yeah, there’s a chance that your kid could be mine, and there’s a chance that it’s not. You know how many times you’ve cheated on me,’ Taten says. “If the baby is not mine, then I don’t really have anything to say to Caitlyn.”
 
To put an end to the uncertainty, Catilyn and Taten went to the DNA Diagnostics Center to find out paternity results, using a new non-invasive test with blood samples. Dr. Phil has the results.

Is Taten the father of Caitlyn’s baby?


[AD]“And I haven’t heard you apologize or take any responsibility or accountability,” Dr. Phil tells Taten. “All I’ve heard you do is have a smart mouth and get in both of their faces,” he says, indicating the girls’ mothers.

Taten turns to Michelle. “I’m sorry for the way I’ve been acting toward you, and treating you and being disrespectful. I apologize for that,” he says.

“Thank you,” Michelle says.In previous interviews, Taten and Caitlyn talk about the contention between the two girls.

“Autumn and Caitlyn’s feelings toward each other, the last time I heard was that they wanted to rip each other’s heads off,” Taten says. “They hate each other because of me. I’ve had a past relationship with both of them. But one thing [led] to another, and I ended up cheating on Autumn with Caitlyn.”

“I had gotten pulled out of school because of harassment issues,” Caitlyn says. “I was being bullied to the point to where I was scared to go to school. There wasn’t just one specific person; it was a pack of people. Autumn wasn’t the one doing all the harassment. She was the ringleader. She was just sitting back and watching as everyone else did it. She would tell them, ‘This is what happened, and I don’t like what she’s doing.’ Some of the things they were saying to harass me were, ‘You need to commit suicide. You need to just get it out of the way and get it over with. I’m going to break your legs. If you show your face in school, it’s going to end badly. You’ll be lucky if you’ll be able to walk tomorrow.’ I was so scared that I just dropped out of school.”

Back onstage, Autumn covers her face and weeps.

“Is that true?” Dr. Phil asks her, and she nods.

Autumn looks at Caitlyn. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for things to go that far. I really didn’t,” she says tearfully.

“I’m such a forgiving person. I want with all my heart to say it’s OK,” Caitlyn tells her.

“It’s not,” Autumn says.

“I want to have the friendship that we did have, but it’s hard,” Caitlyn says. “I know that in the situation that we’re in now, it’s going to be really hard. I’ve always felt there was some sort of competition between me and you because of Taten.”

[AD]Dr. Phil goes over the shocking facts about teen pregnancy:
  • It’s the number one reason why teen girls drop out of school
  • Less than 50 percent of teen moms graduate high school
  • Less than two percent of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30
  • Twenty-five percent of teen moms have a second child within 24 months  
  • Total cost of raising a child for 18 years: $226,920
  • In 2010, the typical two-parent family spent $11,880 to $13,830 per child
Who does Taten want to be with, really?


The girls are both upset by Taten's comments.

Dr. Phil tells Autumn, “If you rekindle a relationship with him right now, it will be at your baby’s expense. That is not the thing for you to do right now. He is not prepared to be in a committed relationship. You are not prepared to be in a committed relationship … You need to focus on your baby right now.” He recommends she measure her self worth by how reliably she’s taking care of her child. “You need to get an education. You need to get a skill, whether you go to college or some kind of trade school. You’ve got to do something so you can provide for your baby.” 

He turns to Caitlyn, who’s currently dating someone. “That’s the last thing you need to be doing now is dating some boy at school. You need to be focused on completing your education and figuring out how you’re going to take care of this child. It is not your mother’s responsibility; it is yours. And do not count on him to do it, because I’m telling you, the odds are that is not going to happen,” he tells her, indicating Taten. 

Dr. Phil turns to Taten. “And you may surprise me. You just may pony up and take care of both of these kids, and I’ll be proud of you if you do. Unlikely to happen,” he says.

[AD]Dr. Phil offers the teen moms professional help to guide and prepare them for their new roles as moms. He also acknowledges their mothers for standing by their daughters.

He reiterates that either of them pursuing a relationship with Taten is irresponsible. He tells the young man that he has to step up and get an education or trade and do something that will impact his children. “It’s your job to contribute, and you can’t do it if you’re working part-time for a buddy,” he says.