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Paternity test reveals 81-year-old man not related to newly found son

Posted: 1:29 PM, Feb 03, 2015
Updated: 2015-02-03 13:31:04-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An 81-year-old Michigan man who found out that he had a son in January was shocked when a paternity test revealed the two are not related.

Tony Trapani, 81, and Samuel Childress, 61, were reunited after Trapani  discovered a letter from his wife containing a decades-long secret — that Trapani was the father of Childress.

The two men received the results in the mail Monday, according to WXMI. But both say that their father-son bond cannot be broken, even if they are not related by blood.

The two bonded for the first time a couple weeks ago. In that moment, the two believed they were father and son.

Childress said he doesn’t plan to continue looking for his paternal father. Instead, he plans to continue calling Trapani dad.

They still don’t know why Childress’ mother sent the letter all those years ago.