Teen Mother Told To Keep Quiet About Other Boys

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The girlfriend of underage dad Alfie Patten, Chantelle Stedman, was instructed by her own mother to tell the British press that the 13-year-old schoolboy was the father of her new baby, despite the fact that this might not be true, according to The Daily Mail.

Several other boys have stepped forward and claim to have bedded Chantelle, 15, and therefore they could be the proud poppa. So why lie? Is this a mother trying to protect her daughter's reputation?

Nah. If baby-faced, doe-eyed Alfie is the father, the story is golden. It's all about the cash.

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There's a "big scam" going on, said Stedman family friend Clive Sim. "Penny [Chantelle's mom] told Chantelle to keep quiet about other boys because they wouldn't get any money." (Methinks Mr. Sim is off the Christmas card list.)

Alfie is planning to take a DNA test to prove that he is indeed the father of week-old Maisie Roxanne. Chantelle insists that Alfie is the father and denies having sexual relations with other neighborhood boys. (Aside: British bookies are said to be taking bets on Maisie's real dad.)

There are so many things wrong with this. Where to start?

There is, of course, the very real possibility that prepubescent-looking Alfie has been horribly punk'd, and that he is in fact not the dad. Then there's the parenting angle. We know that teenagers are sexually active, so why is it that a tween boy was allowed to have sleepovers in his girlfriend's bedroom?

And then there's Chantelle's mom. If Mr. Sim's allegations are true, Penny Stedman is out of the running for mom of the year. Or is she? At the risk of incurring the wrath of our commenters, let's try to look at things from Penny's point of view.

Let's assume that the Stedman family, who live in council (public) housing, is not well off financially. Children are expensive. Children who have children are even more expensive, since at that age they can't possibly be equipped to care for their offspring. There are media outlets willing to pay for good stories. If Alfie is the dad, which is possible, why not stick to that story and cash in?

After all, The Independent on Sunday has reported that Alfie's family was to receive about £25,000 for the initial photographs and video interview from The Sun. Then there's the global bidding war and promises of hundreds of thousands of dollars swirling around both the families.

Clearly this is morally reprehensible. But maybe Penny Stedman desperate and doesn't know what else to do. Granted, she could wear a Halloween mask like Alfie's dad. But that's not likely to bring in any cash to pay the diaper bills.

What would you do if Chantelle was your daughter? If Alfie was your son?

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