‘Reunited’ father and son not related

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Two men who recently made headlines after a father thought he had met his long-lost son are in shock after finding out through a paternity test that the two are not related.

In the first story, an 81-year-old man believed he had found a son he never knew existed after he discovered a letter his wife had hidden from him for decades.

The story was a great and emotional one -- but it just went through an unexpected twist.

According to FOX 17 in West Michigan, a paternity test showed no relation between Tony Trapani, 81, and Samuel Childress, 61, the two people who believed they were father and son.

FOX 17 broke the original report, and did note that everything was pending a blood test.

“It kind of shocked me a little bit,” Childress told FOX 17. “Instead of being 99 percent, it was zero and it kind of set me back. I mean, it’s just like a shock to me.”

Questions still remain regarding the original letter. According to FOX 17, it was indeed sent by Childress' mother, and it read, "I have a little boy. He is five years old now. What I’m trying to say Tony is he is your son. He was born November 13th, 1953.″

Trapani said he found the letter hidden in an old file cabinet of his wife's after her passing.

Despite the recent shock, however, Childress told the station he still considers Trapani his father. He said Trapani feels the same way.

“I call him everyday, and talking to him he says the same thing about you know, the result," Childress told FOX 17. "He said, 'It doesn’t matter what that says, I know you are my son.'"



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  • reader17

    2 cruel women. The old girlfriend who lied. The deceased wife who believed the lie and hid the ‘news’ of a child from her childless husband. How do people live with themselves? Good for the 2 gentlemen looking to find grace in a difficult situation.