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Tests Show Young Almost Certainly Fathered Child

May 13, 1989

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ A lawyer handling a paternity suit against Coleman Young says he’s ready to start negotiating support payments after releasing blood tests indicating the Detroit mayor fathered a 6-year-old boy.

″Paternity is practically proved, with that one iota of possibility that he’s not (the father). And I think that in a court of law, this would be acceptable evidence to prove that he is,″ Dearborn lawyer Noel Keane said Friday.

Results from Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing show a 99.9999 percent likelihood that Young, 70, fathered Joel Loving. The boy lives with his mother, Annivory Calvert, in Fontana, Calif.

A second set of tests, analyzed at the Memorial Blood Center of Minneapolis Inc. at the request of Young’s attorneys, showed a 99.999 percent likelihood the mayor is the father.

Calvert, 34, a former Detroit assistant director of public works, took a job as public works director in Fontana shortly before filing her suit in January. She was out of the office on business Friday and unavailable for comment, her secretary said.

Young was vacationing Friday and could not be reached.

″Until all institutions have reported, and particularly until the DNA fingerprinting is reported, the attorneys for Mayor Young will have no further comment,″ Young’s attorney, Lawrence Charfoos, said in a written statement.

Keane said further action is unlikely pending results of similar blood tests by Cellmark Diagnostics of Germantown, Md. Those tests also were requested by Young’s attorneys, he said.

Tests to determine paternity included DNA analysis and at least 14 other comparisons of the blood samples.

Calvert seeks unspecified child support, Keane said. She also wants Young to exercise visitation rights, he said.

Keane said he expects Young, who has been married and divorced twice, to acknowledge paternity when all the results are in, clearing the way to negotiate child-support payments.

Calvert said she had a relationship with Young from 1980-87. Keane has released snapshots of Young holding Calvert’s baby. The attorney said the child is aware that Young has been alleged to be his father.

″He was asked here in my office who his dad was and he said ’Coleman Young,‴ Keane said. ″But he kind of said it very sheepishly because it was maybe something that he was told not to go around saying.″

Young is expected to seek his fifth term as mayor of the nation’s sixth- largest city later this year, and some supporters have alleged the suit was filed for political reasons.

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