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Tests Said to Substantiate Claim of Paternity Against Detroit Mayor

May 12, 1989

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ Mayor Coleman Young almost certainly fathered a baby boy six years ago, as alleged in a lawsuit by a former city employee, according to blood test results released today.

The results from Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing show Young, 70, has a 99.99 percent likelihood of fathering Joel Loving, now of Fontana, Calif.

The blood test results were released at a news conference by Noel Keane, attorney for Annivory Calvert, former Detroit assistant director of public works.

Calvert sued Young earlier this year, seeking unspecified child support. Keane said Calvert also wants Young to exercise visitation rights. No date has been set for a hearing on the lawsuit.

Calvert said she had a relationship with Young from 1980-87. Young, who voluntarily submitted to testing, has said he doesn’t believe he is the boy’s father. However, the Archdiocese of Detroit has confirmed that Young is listed as the father on Joel’s baptismal certificate.

Keane previously released snapshots of Young holding Calvert’s baby.

Calvert now is public works director in Fontana. Calvert was out of the office on city business and unavailable for comment, said her secretary, Wilma Pinsak.

Young’s office said the mayor was out of town and his spokesman, Bob Berg, was on vacation. A secretary said if a statement on the test results was released, it would be ″general.″

Young’s attorney, Lawrence Charfoos, released a statement through a secretary that said Young still was awaiting test results from two other laboratories in Germantown, Md., and Minneapolis.

″Until all institutions have reported, and particularly until the DNA fingerprinting is reported, the attorneys for Mayor Young will have no further comment,″ the statement said.

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