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New twist in Bristol Palin's baby drama: The abstinence mascot now needs proof he's the dad

As per child custody laws, Dakota Meyer, the presumed father of 2-week-old Sailor Palin, must take a paternity test


Brendan Gauthier
January 9, 2016 4:00AM (UTC)

Bristol Palin's custody battle over her new baby girl is getting more intense.

After it was reported that Palin’s alleged baby daddy filed for child support and joint custody of 2-week-old Sailor Grace, the Palin camp and the state of Alaska are now saying —in very different words — that they need proof he's the dad.

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As per child custody laws, Sailor’s presumed father, Dakota Meyer, must now take a paternity test to corroborate claims he made in the court filing.

Palin met Meyer in 2013 during the filming of her mother’s reality show, “Amazing America.”

The two were engaged after Meyer proposed at a Rascal Flatts concert in March 2015. The two had subsequent wedding plans that were abruptly called off in May, just a  week before the big day. And shortly thereafter, in June, Palin announced she was pregnant.

At the time of the cancelled nuptials, tabloids circulated rumors that Meyer — a Marine veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient — had a “secret wife.” Palin would later refute these claims, saying, “Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers.”

Palin announced via Instagram on Dec. 24 that she’d given birth a day earlier. She has refused to identify the father.

Further conspiracy surrounded Sailor’s birth, with tabloids claiming that Palin had given birth a month earlier, in November. The rumors stemmed from geotagged Facebook posts that incorrectly placed the Palins’ whereabouts in New Orleans instead of Alaska. In response, Palin Instagrammed a closeup photo of her IV bag, which confirmed her hospital admittance date to be Dec. 22. The photo acted to hush any divergent theories of the date of Sailor’s conception.

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Meyer’s 85-year-old grandmother, Jean, told the Daily Mail that “it does hurt [to have to prove paternity]. But that’s just the way the law is. You have to get permission here and permission there.”

Jean, a Greensboro, Kentucky, native, said she’s relatively unfamiliar with Bristol Palin. “I’ve met her, but I don’t really know her,” she said. “But I helped raise Dakota and I do know him. He’s a strong young man and a good one.”

Sailor’s famous grandmother, Sarah Palin, issued her own statement, condemning Dakota. “For many months we have been trying to reach out to Dakota Myers [sic] and he has wanted nothing to do with either Bristol's pregnancy or the baby,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

The elder Palin even went so far as to say that Meyer’s push for joint custody is simply a way for him to “save face.”

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David Martin, a rep for Bristol, also weighed in, telling ET, “My values are such that a real American hero doesn't ask for child support.”


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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