Woman Believes Deceased Man Is Child’s Dad And Wants His Benefits (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Please be seated. Hello, your honor. Hello. This is the case of
Brugger v. Warner.
Thank you Jerome.
Good day everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. Ms. Brugger, you are here
to prove to the defendant
that your son, Parrish Brooks Jr.
was fathered by the
defendant’s grandsonwho was tragically
killed two months ago
in an auto accident.Ms. Warner, you are here
with your granddaughter and you don’t believe
Parrish Jr. is your great grandson. No, your honor. JUDGE LAKE: You say that
the plaintiff has dragged you
to court today because she wants in
on your family’s land
and oil trust. Yes, your honor. All right, you claim
your granddaughter
knows for a fact your grandson was sterile. Yes, your honor. What do you believe
Ms. Brugger’s motives
actually are? Money. Gold-digger. WARNER: Right after
Parrish got killed, she went
for social security, and, uh… Parrish, I know Parrish
had told, told her about
the land we have in Texas WARNER:You know, she was
just trying to cash in on him.
And she wanted
a father for her girls.
JUDGE LAKE:Ms. Brugger,you say he is in fact
your child’s father? Yes, he is my son’s father. We lived together, everything, we were
in a relationship,
he asked me to marry him. That is my son’s father. BRUGGER: He never
denied my son. So, I don’t see why they are. And the fact that they are
saying he was sterile, he was never told
by a doctor. That was him because
he never had a child. Me and Parrish clearly
had a conversation
before he passed that he wasn’t sure. And so when you say,
“he wasn’t sure…” What did he say? Because he
was just like… “Chas, I don’t even think
I can have kids.” All he wanted his
whole life was a baby. And then he gets
with Rochell, and then she comes
pregnant like, a month or two later. He didn’t even think
he could have kids. Excuse me, I have to
say something. They weren’t
together when Parrish was deceased. He had another girlfriend
they were not together. We weren’t together
when he died, no. WARNER: I had to tell you. No, you guys wasn’t
together. That’s what she said, ma’am. Okay. We lived together.
We were a family. He told everyone my girls were
his stepdaughters. He called them
his stepdaughters… Everything. He was there
through my whole pregnancy.All the doctor’s appointments.Everything.JUDGE LAKE:And when
you had the baby,
was he at the hospital? No, he couldn’t be there.
But, as soon as he got out he was adamant about… Having the hospital hold on
to the birth certificate before they turned it in, so that he could sign it. So, do have proof of that? BRUGGER: When we
came home… BRUGGER: Yes. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Brugger,
explain to me. This is actually a voluntary
acknowledgment of paternitythat Parrish Sr. signed?BRUGGER:Yes, your honor.JUDGE LAKE:
He acknowledged paternity? Yes. “I am the legal father.” You have this is writing,
this is his signature? Yes, your honor. While you were in this
relationship he’s going to
doctor’s appointments with you and he is excited
about the baby and calling your girls
his stepchildren. Is he expressing
any of this excitement Ms. Warner, Ms. Veasley,
to you that,
“I’m having a child, “I believe it’s mine?” Yes, your honor. JUDGE LAKE: But, you just
don’t believe it is? Yes, your honor. You had a shower? BRUGGER: I had
a baby shower, yes. JUDGE LAKE: Did you
attend, Ms. Warner? Ms. Veasley, were you
a part of that? No, I, I didn’t do anything. I was, your honor. JUDGE LAKE: You did? WARNER: I did go
because of Parrish,
Parrish was alive then. That was his baby. But, to me, that’s not his child.He loved the baby, your honor,
but the baby don’t even look
like him.
He don’t act like him.
His forehead’s not like…
There is nothing about him that tell me that
that is my grandson. WARNER: The baby… My son looks… WARNER: No, no,
he doesn’t. Around his eyes
he looks… Where?Just like… He looks
just like his grandpa.
WARNER: No,that’s…No, that’s not his grandpa.
His Grandpa never did
nothin’ for Parrish! I don’t know what…
No… Well, I… BRUGGER: That’s what
y’all say. BRUGGER: Since my son has
been born… WARNER: I raised Parrish. Since my son has been
born, the whole time I was with Parrish
in a relationship, he’s been the
one that has
been around. I invited them
to my son’s first birthday party, they didn’t show up. WARNER: That’s not my son,
that’s why I didn’t show up. And if y’all felt this way
about my son then why
did y’all… Because I loved
Parrish so much.
I loved Parrish so much. When his father was alive,
there was never a question. WARNER: Parrish is no
longer here. He’s no longer
here, now. But, if y’all felt
that this was
not his son… I can defend
that now. Why wouldn’t you say so… When he was alive
or when my son
was born? ‘Cause I wasn’t
going to hurt
Parrish. Parrish wanted
the baby so bad… They have never
been around much. So, wait, what I am trying to
understand from the
situation, Ms. Warner, is all this time even when
the baby was there, did you have doubts
about the paternity? Yes your honor. But, I wasn’t going
to say anything… With, uh, Parrish JUDGE LAKE: You just didn’t
want to upset Parrish… No! I did not want to come between
Parrish and that baby. But, now Parrish is no longer,
I can say my piece now. And the real truth is you were his grandmother,
but you raised him. He was really
like a son to you. WARNER: Your honor,
his mother died in ’85, I am the only person
was there for Parrish. That’s why I just… Couldn’t hurt him
because of this baby. He didn’t, he didn’t
have a family. His dad over there
did never… That never did come by… MAN: Never? Oh, yeah, you were… (AUDIENCE GASPS) Come on, I would never… Come on, now… It seemed like never. It seemed like never. You know what… (ARGUING INDISTINCTLY) All right let’s get, let’s get
some order. Let’s get some
order. In your court papers,
Ms. Brugger, you say, that his family didn’t
even tell you when he passed away. Is that true? Yes. I got a phone call
from one of my friends. They had seen it
on Facebook. They had just found out
that morning too. But, you would think… WARNER: I’m grieving,
that was my son… I didn’t have time
to call nobody. Had seen it
on Facebook. VEASLEY: Rochell… VEASLEY: You have
to understand where
she is coming from. They didn’t even call his
father and let his own
father know. WARNER:
They, they found it out…
Excuse me, your honor. They found out on Facebook. Someone else caught
the coroner’s office, they released all
of his information. So, when I’m looking
at Facebook at like
5:00 in the morning going to work,
I see it. I call my grandmother.
“Grandma, have you heard
anything about Parrish?” I had just talked
to Parrish the Friday that he… Died at like 10:00
in the morning. WARNER: They weren’t
in a relationship
at that time. And so… They weren’t together. I still have his son! WARNER: But you guys… BRUGGER: We don’t have
to be together. I was grieving at the time. BRUGGER: For me to know,
I am still stuck, happening to raise
our son by myself. Well, ask him,
he’ll tell… So, if you really
cared about your
grandson and you know he said
this was his son and he loved him
very, very much. And that’s why
she is here today. Wouldn’t you want his son
to know that he no longer
has a father? WARNER: That’s why
I am here. (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) VEASLEY: Parrish felt that
she used to have some dude
come over to the house. Whose hair she
was always doing. BRUGGER: Your honor… Never got paid.
Parrish didn’t like that. Because he had called
my grandmother and clearly
stated to her. He has telling
me plenty of times
that Rochell was broken that she was tainted, and that’s why he had to
get out of the situation. So, when you
would talk to Parrish, Ms. Warner,
he was saying he wanted
to get out of the situation? WARNER:He was saying,
“She is broken grandma,
I cannot fix her.”
He says, “She is crazy,
grandma. She is…” This guy keeps coming
over and doing her hair
and he… He’s not even, she’s not even
getting paid for doing
his hair! So, man would just
come over to the house
and get his hair done? Right and she wouldn’t even
get any… She wouldn’t
even accept any money. This is what he told me
out of his mouth, your honor.
This is just… Couple of things. JUDGE LAKE: So, he was
intimating that he maybe thought
she was cheating with this guy? Yeah! He’d come home
and the guy was there. Who is this guy? Ms. Brugger, you just had
a guy over the house,
doing his hair? Your honor, first of all
I have a degree
in cosmetology. So, I do hair. When me and Parrish
first got together, there is a guy who I have
known for years. He is my brother’s friend. I’ve been doing
his hair for years. It happened one time
I was doing his hair, Parrish came home,he got mad about it.I never had…
I stopped doing his hair.
He never came back over again
to get his hair done.
And then, your honor, there
was also times when Parrish
would call my grandmother that Rochell wasn’t picking
him up from work. He was late to picking her up. And she couldn’t explain
to him on why all that was happening. There was times when
she kicked Parrish out. He came to
my grandmother’s house. She had to give
him money to stay
at a hotel room. Your honor, the only time
he was staying at a hotel was after he was gone
out of my house. The girlfriend he had
after me, they lived in a hotel. When he was living
with me, we lived together
we had a house. WARNER: Your honor,
but she put him out. BRUGGER: I put him out
because he was not making
the right choices. So, I had to make a choice to protect my children and put them first. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) BRUGGER: And if you are
grown… You need to be a man
and do what you need to do. And he wasn’t doing that. So, I had to make that choice. I put him out.We still were talking.But, he knew, in order for him
to come back home… You wouldn’t even let him
bring him over to my house,
Rochell… BRUGGER: Uh, why? I don’t know why. You watched my
son one time. We trusted you with my son. When he was like two
to three months. She did not feed my son,
all night. That’s not his child. We trusted you with my son
when he was two to three
months. She did not feed my son,
all night. WARNER: No, no, it didn’t
go like that… Don’t say that. She brought
him home… In a car seat
without him being
strapped in… You are…
No. WARNER:No!BRUGGER:The seat belt
was over the car seat…
BRUGGER:And the car seat
was turned backwards.
Your honor. Parrish was even mad.
He said… I have to tell you that… He will never let
her keep our son. Until he was
old enough. I’ll tell you happened. How can he pick up the phone
on his own? What happened now? My grandmother was under
the impression that baby Parrish was
on breast milk. I’m a great grandmother. I’m not, you know…
So, I didn’t know this up-to-date stuff. And they bought him about,
told me to feed him and I left…
He wouldn’t take the bottle.
I left it out. I tried to call them
all night long.
I was paging them. Nobody would answer the phone. She didn’t call my phone,
she called his. And I took him over
to the house. They didn’t want
to come to the door. You know, I was panicking
I wasn’t used to keeping
little babies. That was it. And when you were trying
to give him… The milk, he didn’t want
to take it? WARNER: Right. And you thought it was because
he wanted his mother… WARNER:
Yes, your honor. So, you… Okay. Okay, I have a question
to Rochell. If it comes back
and that is his are… Is my grandma even
going to be able to see
the baby? You cannot take him… ‘Cause you are
acting all funny. You act so funny. BRUGGER: I’m so funny?
But, but, why weren’t y’all
at the baby shower? VEASLEY: I wasn’t there
because my one-year old
was sick. I invited you to his birthday. And I talked to you.
What did I tell you? BRUGGER: You didn’t show up. And what did I tell you? That I don’t
invite you guys. I’m done. Did you guys ever come over
to my house to see him? You came a couple times,
you never did. No, I didn’t. I just have my own
kids, let’s just be
real about it. VEASLEY: So, no,
I didn’t come. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) I have mine.
I have my own
kids… I’m answering
for my grandma. My grandma cares
about him. Parrish cared about him,
I’m asking for him. She has came to my house. WARNER: Yes. To see my son.Like maybe
three times, four.
Every time they have
seen my son,
me and Parrish packed all the kids up
and we had to go
to their house. After my son was born, my family was at the house
all the time, coming to see the baby
to a point, where we were
like, “Oh, my God.” “Go, home so we can
get some rest.” He was mad because they were not embracing
the fact that he finally
did have a kid. And I can see that
it hurts you because you remember
that it hurt him. BRUGGER: Mmm-hmm. He was like, “You know,
I thought I couldn’t have
kids for all these years.”“Now, I have this son
and they are not
embracing it.”
However they feel about me,feel how you feel about me. But, them trying to keep
the ashes away from my son, if my son is entitled, to… I don’t even have
the ashes. Money… Anything that he should
be entitled to… (AUDIENCE CLAP) Your honor. They are not… We they keep this stuff
it’s not hurting me. Ms. Brugger, they were clear,
they think you are just
interested in the money. BRUGGER: The money doesn’t
come to me. The money will go in
an account, in a trust fund
for my son. It doesn’t come to me. Okay, I would like to hear
from you witness
at this time. Sir, would you please
stand up at the podium? MAN: Yes, ma’am. JUDGE LAKE: State your name
for the court. My name is Clabrine
Harvey Jr. And Mr. Harvey, you are… Parrish’s father
and Parrish Jr.’s
grandfather. And what would you like
to add to this situation? HARVEY: All I want to say
first of all, is that we are not here
to assassinate each other’s
character. And I will admit
that I was not there… Okay. As much as I could
have been for Parrish. Okay. You know…
But, they didn’t say nothing
about the part where I tried to get custody
of my son Parrish
when he was a baby when his mama was out
on the streets doing thingsthat she wasn’t
supposed to doing.
Okay, don’t even go there.
(INDISTINCT ARGUING) I don’t have my daughter and
now I don’t have my son. I tried to get custody. Don’t go there. Oh, you know I loved
you daughter don’t give me
that fake crocodile tears. Don’t go there. HARVEY: Your fake crocodile… Family, I need you to bring
it down. I know this is
an emotional time. I know it. JUDGE LAKE: I would like
for you, Mr. Harvey, to testify as to why
you are so certain that Parrish Jr. is in fact
your son’s son? He was proud of his son,
he told me that was his son. The boy has got a little bit
of me, ain’t he?
He looks like me… VEASLEY: Your honor, we just
wanna make sure that little
Parrish is Parrish’s. And to be clear, your doubt
is rooted in him possibly
being sterile? VEASLEY: And just that
he looks nothing like him,
like… And the lack of
family resemblance. Yeah, and I always used to
joke with Parrish, like, “No, he is too cute
to be your baby.” Like, me and him always
joked around like that. You, know, I still
love my son even though
he’s not here. I love him to death. We shouldn’t have even
been here. That’s his son. (AUDIENCE APPLAUDS) He would not have
wanted this. That’s why she said
nothing while he
was alive because he told everyone,
this is his son. If it wasn’t for him,
my son would not have
been named Parrish. He adamant about him being
named Parrish Jr. WARNER: He should be. So, if he didn’t deny him, there’s no reason
for you guys to. You guys have no legitimate
reason. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) Then it just goes to… That you low-key manipulated
him with the baby. He is a grown man. There is no way I can
manipulate. You did. You did. The only way to move forward
is to get the results. Jerome, may I have
the envelope please? (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) Before I read the result,
I just want to be clear that
in order to determineif Parrish Brooks Jr.is the child of
Parrish Brooks Sr.,
the deceased, we performed a
grand-parentage DNA test. We fortunately had
Clabrine Harvey’s DNA. The results will determine
if there is a viable
relationship between the child Parrish Brooks Jr., and the grandfather, Clabrine Harvey. Are we clear about that? BRUGGER: Yes. Okay. In the Case of
Brugger v. Warner,
when it comes to
one-year old
Parrish Brooks Jr., it has been determined
by this court Mr. Harvey is related to
Parrish Brooks Jr. Therefore Parrish Brooks Sr.
is also related to Parrish Brooks Jr. (APPLAUSE) WARNER: Okay, I owe you
an apology. HARVEY: Something we
already knew. WARNER: I owe you
an apology. Something we
already knew. Well, now, I am sure. You had no reason
to be unsure. And for this child’s sake,
let’s start new. The truth is always a great
starting point. And even though you knew it, Ms. Brugger. And even though you felt like
you knew it, Mr. Harvey,
without a doubt, the point is they didn’t
have that clarity. And you can blame them
for it for the rest
of the child’s life, and affect the child’s life,
or you can forgive them
and move on from it, so that you both can
positively affect the child’s
life, you get it? If you need help, resources, counseling
we are going to provide
that for you. Because Parrish Jr.
is what’s most important. He is beautiful little boy. Okay, I wish you
the best of luck, family.
The court is adjourned.

Michael Martin

100 Responses

  1. I still wouldn't leave my children with people like that. They can see them but not keep them without me present

  2. Those two,, did not have no reason to be there,, they were just malicious,, "" the child is to cute to be his"""Please ,, was she trying to be funny??? When a mother claim social security for her child from the deceased …,, its like she said :: it goes in a trust fun so stop saying its for the money. The money is not yours so get out… Thanks Grand Pa.

  3. Parish supposedly stated this lady was broken, crazy, but didn't own his own car, and was mooching off this woman in her house, yet the family thinks Parish was too good for this woman. The love of money is really the root of all evil.

  4. Mr Harvey says they're not here to assassinate each other's character… And then immediately pulls out a sniper's rifle on his late wife's character!!

  5. I hate women that talk trash about other women. They can be in the same situation one day and thy wouldn’t want that.🤷‍♀️🙄

  6. Parish's family annoyed me from the beginning. They were so disrespectful to the mother of his child. So busy running their mouth about how it's not his baby. And BAM!! The TRUTH has shut them up hopefully for good!!!

  7. And theh WONDER WHY she dont want them around her baby. They're judgemental, meddling , assuming, running their mouths like they were in the relationship with her and Parish. Smh … This affects the child too. When you disrespect the mom , you disrespect the child.

  8. Great granny is the type of person who talks about everybody else's faults and shortcomings while she has a closet full of bones .

  9. Some women come to court to tell the truth,you can clearly see from the woman’s composure…period !!!

  10. The baby has the potential father's eyes for sure. If they have anything in common it is those beautiful eyes.

  11. They shut up real quick after the results. This isn’t about the money. This is about the money this is about the grandmom not liking the mother.

  12. Why does it sound like she talking with a mouth full of cotton balls?!😐🤬….let me keep watching

  13. Men always telling their family a woman is crazy… but trust he will continue to love her and stick by her side. Families stop taking things so literally.. he’s just temporarily upset 🤦🏽‍♀️

  14. Evil old lady! I believed she did try to starve her child when he was an infant! Don’t leave your child unattended with that witch

  15. greedy granma money this money that you want it all for your self while the respectful owner is suffering.

  16. Parish:” I don’t even think I can have a child.
    Family: he is sterile it’s not his kid🤦🏽‍♀️

  17. If the cousin, is so busy with her own kid…Why are you on here worried about your cousins child, now…

  18. Parrish Jr. Is so Handsome. Seems Like The Mother is hurting from loss of her son & still having feelings for Parrish Sr.

  19. The great grandmother and the cousin or whoever she was were a TRIP, and I might add WRONG! I'm tired of people saying that they can't have children and stop taking contraception, and have a baby. 🤦‍♀️ That's immature thinking. Go see a doctor!

  20. It really shouldn’t even matter if dna shows him to be the father or not-he claimed the child he signed the paternity acknowledgment in his eyes he was his son no matter what and they should have accepted him the same but too many families don’t. It all boils down to money.
    I have relatives who never came around yet spent money hiring lawyer and filing civil suit for what they thought was going to be thousands and it was almost 100.00 as well as their share of parents house. I turned around and sued them for maintenance costs so they ended up with 20.00 from bank account & 7,000 for house but ended up owing their share plus 1200 a piece for maintenance fees for the years I maintained the property. That’s what this “grandma” reminds me of

  21. I love how all these men or their families know they sterile for fact yet none have been to a fertility dr to know that. He had a bicycle wreck when he was 5 and hurt his groin so he’s sterile, he tripped and fell and been sterile ever since 🙄🙄🙄

  22. The mother handled herself really well. She stayed calm even when they were insulting her and just spoke her piece. That's how Its done.

  23. So you rather wait until someone dies to say something you know they wouldn't approve of you saying? Grandma shiesty.

  24. Idc now many times these ppl say they are sorry no way your gonna come hug me and say your sorry for saying horrible things about me-they apparently don’t know what the word apologize means

  25. Her man was living with her and needed her to take him to work BUT she’s the gold digger?!?! No ma’am…shoulda let his father raise him like a man he clearly ain’t want nothing to do with grandma

  26. I've watched so many of these, the family have a right to know for sure. I hope the mothers are not offended when they ask for a DNA test.

  27. Now try to talk with your foot in your mouth. They're more worried about money than that childs wellbeing. Glad Parrish Sr. is the father.

  28. Parrish's family were making excuses for him. " She didn't pick him up ." Oh well , that was a grown man he could have walked home.

  29. The sister looks mad because that's her nephew, which means her inheritance is gonna be less. You brother has an HEIR!!!!!!

  30. Forgive each other…. love each other…..get along for the child's sake. And the memory of his Dad . RIP. Sorry for your lost.

  31. Those two women were the one who wanted the money. Cause she didn’t give af, she knew she wouldn’t be able to touch that money till the boy was 18 anyways.

  32. The deadbeat should’ve just remained seated. He didn’t love his son enough to take care of him. Sit down deadbeat.

  33. So Grandma is happy to assassinate everyone else's characters and come for their flaws, but how dare anyone mention her daughter or grandson walking streets and serving jail time? Yes they split two months before his death, but that sounds like something to do with the girlfriend he had, the jealousy and paranoia he extended, the jail time he got, and the fact he couldn't provide a house or a car for them, rather than anything to do with Ms. Bruggar…. have several seats cousin and grandma.

  34. The mom of Parrish Jr was so confident and calm. I loved her voice when she was talking because the other side ! My head please !


  36. Honestly even if he wasn't related by blood – he did sign the paternity acknowledgment, so that takes care of all legal things – he was by him recognized as his legal child anyway, so he would still have rights to his father's estate. So if you're gonna deny a child based on greed, at least educate yourself first. I'm happy it's his kid – he wanted a child.

  37. I seriously believe that they should've tested the grandmother and the child, instead of the grandfather. What if the grandfather and the child's mother slept together? Wouldn't that also give the same results that were read? I'm sorry, but I was getting some weird vibes about the GF and the child's mother.

  38. I love it. Does anyone else notice when judge says "Jerome I'm ready for the results"… She flips her hair? 🤣🤣

  39. It's actually embarrassing when an elderly woman is rejecting a child, shame on you grandma. If your grandson had accepted his child while you of all people should doubt it not that he is deceased? And one thing Judge Lake always side with women no matter how wrong they were, just noticed that over and over. If the person who was doubting the paternity was the grandfather than could have been judged differectly, I think it is really not fair to men.

  40. I think that the women simply do not like the girlfriend and simply tolerated her. Now that their loved one is gone their true feelings are coming out.

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