Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Larry Birkhead outside Bahama court

Anna Nicole Smith’s former boyfriend Larry Birkhead said Tuesday that DNA tests have proven he is the father of her infant daughter. Birkhead emerged from a closed court hearing to announce the results, “I told you so!” Smith’s companion, Howard K. Stern, has been caring for the girl, Dannielynn, who could inherit a fortune in the wake of her mother’s February death. After the hearing, Stern said he would not fight for custody.An expert in genetic evidence said the DNA analysis has proven Birkhead is Dannielynn’s father. Dr. Michael Baird, who analyzed the results of a March 21 DNA test, announced the results outside the court. “Essentially, he’s the biological father,” Baird said. A jubilant Birkhead said “My baby’s going to be coming home pretty soon.” The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. The former model had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.

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