‘It is more common than we think’: two-year-old twins have two DIFFERENT fathers

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11 May 2015

It may sound like a made-up story but DNA tests have removed all doubt: these twins have two fathers.

It may sound like a made-up story but DNA tests have removed all doubt: twins girls have two fathers.

In a landmark maintenance case last week a New Jersey judge ruled that a man is responsible for paying maintenance for only one of the twins. The reason? Only one of them is his biological child.

Although it’s very rare, it is possible for a woman to give birth to twins who each have their own father.

The twins’ mother, identified in court papers only as T.M. admitted that she’d slept with two men in the same week.

Dr Keith Eddleman, director of obstetrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the phenomenon, known as superfecundation, occurs when two eggs are fertilised within the same menstrual cycle by sperm from different men.

“It is more common than we think,” Eddleman said. “In many situations, you would never know because there is no reason to do a paternity test on twins.”

Babies born as a result of superfecundation are called bipaternal or heteropaternal twins.

Father No 2, the T.M,'s ex-boyfriend, will now be responsible for the other child’s maintenance.

SOURCES: AP, YAHOO NEWS, FOX NEWS

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