Making fortune out of misfortune

Posted: February 18, 2009 in social issues
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All of a sudden, Alfie Patten has been elevated to the status of a national celebrity in the UK. When I saw the picture of Alfie, with a woman and a baby, I thought the woman might be his mother. Gosh! Chantelle Steadman was the mother of Alfie’s daughter! The boy didn’t even look like a teen, rather looked like a 7-year-old boy.


The 4-ft tall baby-faced boy wants to prove that he is the father of newborn Maisie Roxanne, as he is in a battle with two other teens who are claiming to be the dad of the baby.

When grown ups think twice to have children these times, 13-year-old boy told The Sun in an interview: “I thought it would be good to have a baby. When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get into trouble. We wanted to have the baby, but were worried about how people would react. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.”

Not only Alfie lost childhood by his mistake, but also have to behave and take responsibilities like an adult.

The boy is not just busy with nappy changing and night feeds, but is also getting prepared for a paternity test to prove his fatherhood.

Alfie’s father Dennis — father of nine, or possibly 10 children by various mothers — is busy in  maximizing the earning potential of his son.

Nothing is secret, no detail has been spared, everything, including details on sexual encounters of the teens are out.

Whom to blame for the incident? In an open society like the west, Chantelle and Alfie shared a room, with her parents’ consent when he stayed at her house. His visits were so frequent to Chantelle’s home that he even kept a spare uniform there. It is doubtful when her parents say that they did not have any idea the two were having sex.

When the whole world is interested in Alfie’s story, two other teens are competing with him, not just for fatherhood, may be also because of the media attention. Their exclusive stories could change their fortunes altogether and they do not hesitate to make their personal details public for it. They are giving details of their alleged sexual encounters with Chantelle.

Though a tabloid alleges that Chantelle had slept with no less than eight teens during her pregnancy, her family insists that she was a virgin until she and Alfie had sex. Even Alfie insists that he was Chantelle’s only boyfriend and that Maisie was conceived on their first night together. Contrary to his statement, Chantelle says she was on the pill, but had forgotten to take it! She makes it obvious that her sexual encounter with Alfie was not the first one.

It is difficult to judge not only Alfie and Chantelle, but also their parents, who are busy to cash on their misfortune. They are using their children like commodities to make fortune, selling their stories to the media! Ironically, Alfie’s mother Susan said to the media that she didn’t want to “interfere with my son’s business interests”.

Alfie’s fatherhood might not have shocked his father David patten, as one of his daughters reportedly became pregnant at 13!

No wonder, if the story of Alfie and Chantelle become a good script for a movie or a soap opera. Limelight will be on Alfie till a boy less than 13 years comes up with a baby and an exclusive interview to the media. Then the story rewinds, parents claiming to be unaware of the sexual encounters of children and selling stories of their children to the media…

  1. harish says:

    Alfie’s parents might have already sold the story for a hollywood film. it would be a blockbuster if done in bollywood. Is Bhatt family hearing?

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