The ‘secret daughter’ in the middle of a child support feud has demanded the man she claims is her father takes a DNA test.
Natasha Bell, 21, is insisting oil rigger Ross Mclaughlan – who has been paying child support for her for eight years – proves he isn’t the dad with a paternity test.
Ross, 55, from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, previously told the Daily Mail he had been shocked when he received the Child Maintenance Service letter telling him he had a teenage daughter in 2011.
He isn’t married and claimed he had no idea who the girl’s mum is.
He said £10,000 was deducted from his wages and he was told he owed a further £10,000.
But now, make-up artist Natasha has slammed his version of events after reading his story in the paper.
She told the Daily Mail : "I know he’s never met me but I was completely floored by his claims that he’d never known my mum, and how he portrayed her as a liar and a money-grabber.
"It was just so hurtful. He clearly never considered how I might feel reading about his refusal to accept my existence as his daughter.
"If he’s so sure he’s not my dad, why won’t he take a DNA test to prove it? He says it would breach his human rights, but what about my human rights to know who my father is?"
Natasha’s mother, Angie Nelson, 52, fell pregnant during a brief fling with Ross while separated from her husband Frank Bell in 1996.
She claims she was undergoing fertility investigations so didn’t use contraception with Ross, who was friends with her boss.
Despite Angie’s claims that she told Ross she was expecting his baby, he says he first found out when the letter arrived in 2011.
Her husband Frank said he had no reason to doubt that Natasha was his and put his name on her birth certificate but the pair split two-and-a-half years later.
Frank continued to pay child support for years even though access with both Natasha and her brother had been refused, the Daily Mail reports.
After ending up in £38,000 arrears and under pressure to pay up, Frank asked for a DNA, which Angie says confirmed while her brother was Frank’s, Natasha was not.
When Natasha was told, she was shocked. But as the news sank in she says she began thinking about what Ross and whether he shared her love of arts, crafts and theatre.
She even claims she saw photos on his Facebook page and noticed a resemblance.
Angie, who now manages a pub, also claims that she talked CSA officers out of visiting Natasha’s biological father and that she went on ‘a few dates with him when Natasha was between six and ten.’
And now she claims that Ross’s refusal to take a DNA or to reach out to his daughter is ‘down to the fact he doesn’t want any responsibility.’
Ross, who no longer has an income after quitting his job due to the stress of this predicament, still denies remembering Angie.
He told the Sun Online: "These people are money-hunting cheats. No way am I paying anymore for someone else’s child, no way.
"They’ve denied my rights, taken my wages, taken away my pension and I’ve lost my job. It’s disgusting how they have done this. It’s only about their money and greed.
"I’m livid these people can do this to another person."
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