A doting father has revealed the moment he realised his baby daughter – whose name is tattooed on his arm – wasn’t his after falling victim to a 11-month-long DNA paternity con.
Jamie Somers thought he was the dad of Darcy Lily Morris Somers, with the baby staying in his custody for three days and nights every week.
The Michael Buble impersonator even had the little girl’s name tattooed on his arm in a show of his devotion.
But even though conniving Danielle Morris spun an elaborate web of lies – including having Jamie’s surname written on the child’s birth certificate – his worst fears were eventually realised.
The Rat Pack-style singer got a tattoo of Darcy’s name on his arm, with her date of birth – a permanent reminder of the child that was never his.
Jamie bathed the tot, getting into the tub with her, playing and splashing with her like any proud dad would.
But when told he was a zero per cent DNA match, Jamie’s world fell apart.
He said: “The DNA testing lab said they were really sorry, my heart broke. I thought at 41 I’d witnessed everything in life, but I was wrong.
“I dropped to my knees, and picked up who I thought was my baby daughter, who was almost two years old at this stage.”
A bewildered Jamie then had to hand over the child he thought was his and as he put her in the hands of Danielle Morris’ step-dad, she heart-breakingly told him: “Bye bye, daddy.”
The Crosby man, who has no other children, said: “That broke me. I handed over the child and have never seen her again.”
Morris admitted conning her former lover at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, where a judge warned the 29-year-old she could be sent to jail, the Liverpool Echo reports.
In total, with child maintenance payments, toys, and other expenses, Mr Somers spent more than £7,000 on Darcy, believing him to be his child.
The singer, who is now engaged to be married, says he and Morris were never in a relationship, after they slept together on just a few occasions.
Now, Jamie, who dubs himself ‘The Bad Boy of Swing’, still has a box of Darcy’s keepsakes, which he cannot bear to throw away.
He told The ECHO: “When I realised Darcy wasn’t mine, it was soul destroying.
“Heartbreaking doesn’t do it justice. I’ll never get over it.
“That kid will grow up half a mile from me and still has my surname.
“One silver-lining was that I’ve discovered I’m a lot tougher than I think. This would have broken many people.
“It certainly brought me to my knees. What Morris did was evil, it was a premeditated act of pure evil, simply for financial gain.
“The only care and stability that child has had is the three days each week which it spent with me.”
Jamie, an entertainer with 23 years experience starring in West End musicals and Royal Variety shows, said he met Morris at one of his performances, saw each other about four times, but were never a couple.
The self-titled Bad Boy of Swing has appeared on TV show Come Dine With Me.
Jamie was travelling in a taxi to a photo shoot when he got a phone call that would turn his world upside down.
He said: “Morris told me she’d had the DNA test done, and the results said I was the dad. I was crying in the taxi, with the cabbie shaking my hand and not charging me the fare because of the good news.
“I started paying £60 maintenance a week, and probably spent £1,000 in the first week. I offered to pay for new carpets in her house.
“I paid £1,100 for an all-singing, all-dancing christening for Darcy.”
Weeks passed, and with Jamie still yet to see a verified DNA paternity test, he brought the child to a laboratory in Warrington to get absolute proof.
Jamie added: “I called her step-father and asked Morris’ parents to come round to my house.
“I presented them with the evidence. I was angry in a controlled manner. Darcy was upstairs playing with my driver, unaware what was happening downstairs.
“It got heated and the mum incredibly tried to blame me. When Darcy was brought downstairs, she cried, ‘Daddy, daddy, daddy!’
“I passed her to the step-dad, and I basically mourned for a couple of days.
“I was that child’s dad between October 2015 and August 2016. I couldn’t have been any more a dad to that kid.”
Judge Rachel Smith handed Morris unconditional bail, but warned her she could be facing time behind bars when she is sentenced next week.