"Underage father Alfie Patten is the victim of a scam to make as much money as possible out of media deals, it has been claimed.
Chantelle Stedman was told by her mother to say that 13-year-old Alfie was the baby's father so that they could cash in on their incredible story, according to a close friend of Chantelle's parents.
Clive Sim, 39, claims that the schoolgirl was ordered to keep quiet about sleeping with other boys so that the 'teenage dad' story could be sold to newspapers for thousands of pounds.
Mr Sim,who has known Chantelle's parents for years, said: 'Penny told Chantelle to keep quiet about other boys because they wouldn't get any money.
'They know that Alfie being the dad makes a better story. I think there's a big scam going on here.'
The sensational claims come as bookmakers Paddy Power have been taking bets on who is the father of week-old baby Maisie Roxanne with Alfie still favourite.
It has been suggested that there are another six potential fathers - although Chantelle, 15, is said to be distraught at the allegations."
I was going to "fisk" this story, but it is all too depressing. The underage sex, the unplanned pregnancy, the claims and counter claims and bookmakers making a book on who is the real father. Has Britain really come to this? Has 12 years of Labour misrule and diminution of standards brought us to this?