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Mayor Agrees to Blood Tests in Paternity Suit

March 16, 1989

DETROIT (AP) _ Mayor Coleman A. Young has agreed to submit to blood tests to determine if he fathered the 6-year-old son of a former city official.

Blood samples will be taken from Young, 70, and the boy’s mother, Annivory Calvert, 34, within 30 days, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Genetic material from the samples will be analyzed to determine whether Young is the father of Joel Loving. Experts say such tests are virtually error-free.

Calvert alleges she had a relationship with the twice-divorced mayor from 1980-87, when she was assistant director of Detroit’s Department of Public Works. She is seeking an unspecified amount in child support.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has confirmed that a baptismal certificate lists him as the boy’s father.

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