Woman's Ancestry.com DNA test shows real dad is mom's doctor

Woman's Ancestry.com DNA test shows real dad is mom's doctor

The test revealed a parent-child relationship between her and a man named Gerald E. Mortimer.

Rowlette and her parents allege neither the donor sperm nor Fowler's sperm were used during the procedure.

The documents say Dr. Mortimer recommended that the couple undergo a procedure where a donor's sperm would be mixed with Mr. Fowler's genetic material in the medical lab prior to insemination to increase the chances of conception, where 85 percent of the mixture would be Mr. Fowler's genetic material, and 15 percent would be that of a donor's (selected by Ms. Ashby and Mr. Fowler).

When Rowlette got the DNA results from Ancestry.com in July and saw Mortimer's name as a likely parental match, she assumed the results were flawed. According to court documents, Dr. Mortimer cried when Ms. Ashby told him they were moving, knowing that Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter.

The accusations came to light after the 36-year-old Rowlette received an unexpected result from a DNA test sent to Ancestry.com in July.

Though Ashby and Fowler had their suspicions after Rowlette told them the Ancestry.com results, they did not divulge everything to her right away.

"Since discovering Dr Mortimer's actions, Ms Ashby, Mr Fowler and Mrs Rowlette have been suffering immeasurably", the complaint states.

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The parents were "devastated", and "struggled to cope with their own anguish and had difficulty contemplating the torment the discovery would cause their daughter when she found out", according to the lawsuit. He's up for fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress, and breach of contract.

The parents agreed on the condition the donor was a college student with physical characteristics similar to Fowler - namely brown hair, blue eyes and over 6-foot tall, according to the lawsuit.

When Kelli Rowlette took a DNA from Ancestry.com, she hoped to find out about her genealogical history.

Before the DNA test, Ms Rowlette had not been aware that her parents had trouble conceiving and of her mother's artificial insemination.

But Rowlette later found her birth certificate with his signature, it is claimed.

'Dr Mortimer fraudulently and knowingly concealed his use of his own genetic material in the procedure'.

"Based on what we know from what's been reported, and the knowledge of how our system works, it's possible that both biological mother and father both took the test, and that the child did as well, however without further details we can not speculate on individual cases", Melissa Garrett, a spokeswoman for Ancestry.com, wrote in an email. "With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data". She told her mother, expressing her "disappointment in the unreliability of the service" - and her mother recognized the doctor's name, according to the lawsuit.

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