Firefighter Rob Parsons thought he had the perfect life: living in a charming house with his beautiful new wife and the little daughter they both adored.
But his world came crashing down one day when he was at work and logged on to his dog’s camera to check on things at home only to find his wife Facetiming another man and getting their baby to call him “daddy.” .
Rob, 34, and his police sergeant wife enjoyed a whirlwind romance after meeting just before lockdown. They got engaged on Christmas 2021 before welcoming their son the following year.
However, Rob claims his wife, whom MailOnline chose not to name, had been having a secret affair with a colleague for three years and, although she signed Rob as the father of her daughter on the birth certificate, she always knew the baby was not It was his.
A DNA test later confirmed that Rob was not actually the father and he has since been separated from the girl he spent months raising and loving, unaware that she was not his daughter.
Rob Parsons’ world came crashing down when he discovered his police sergeant wife (both pictured), who MailOnline chose not to name, was talking to another man on the phone and getting their baby to call him ‘daddy’.
Rob met his wife (pictured) before the first lockdown and they married in March 2023.
Rob was checking on his pets (pictured) when he caught his wife on the couple’s dog camera.
A paternity test conducted in July 2023 confirmed that Rob was not the girl’s biological father.
Revealing his personal tragedy to MailOnline, Rob said he had been at work on that fateful day in June 2023 when the baby was eight months old and wanted to speak to his wife, who had been at a doctor’s appointment.
Hours had passed and he hadn’t heard anything, which was unusual, so he decided to check the camera he used to monitor his two dogs, a beagle named Holly and his rottweiler Hector, to see if he had arrived home safely.
Rob said: ‘As soon as I turned the camera on I saw my wife sitting on the floor with our daughter on her lap on Facetime. She would say “thank dad for buying you presents yesterday” and then she would say “are you showing dad your gift?”
‘I rewatched that video probably 100 times while I was at work checking what she was saying. As soon as she hung up, she texted me saying, “Everything’s fine, the baby is being a pain.”
In the heat of the moment, Rob immediately responded by telling his wife what he had witnessed, adding, “It must be hard for the baby, you calling me daddy when I’m home; then when I’m at work, you’ll meet up.” with his real father.
Rob’s wife adamantly denied that their baby had another father. She told him that “the baby calls everyone daddy” before explaining that she had been struggling as a new mother and that her colleague had suggested they play “happy families” while Rob was at work to ease the load.
Rob said: ‘We had a normal, healthy relationship. She never told me that she had any problem. She never told me that she was struggling. Obviously we had sleepless nights and endless tears like you do when you have a newborn, but as far as I was concerned, that was being married, loving each other and having to deal with a newborn baby.’
Rob and his wife (pictured) got engaged over Christmas 2021 before welcoming their son the following year.
When the baby’s birth was registered, Rob’s name was on the birth certificate as the father of his police wife (pictured)
Rob made the shocking discovery while at work checking the dog camera the couple had bought for their beagle Holly and rottweiler Hector.
Rob never had his suspicions but when he watched Facetime he remembered a strange message he received the night before his wedding from a man he didn’t know who asked him if it was Rob marrying the police sergeant.
When he confirmed he was marrying her, the stranger simply sent his congratulations and said, “She’s a great girl.” Rob then asked his wife how he knew him and she told him he was just a friend from work.
For weeks, Rob’s wife continued to deny that he was not the father, while he slept on the couch and his wife took the baby to see his parents.
Finally, Rob worked up the courage to find out the truth and used a DNA test on the baby. Four days later he confirmed that he was not the biological father.
After confronting his wife, in front of his two mothers, Rob left the house and returned to live with his parents.
He later contacted the girlfriend of his wife’s lover, who told him that the affair had been going on for three years.
Reflecting on his ordeal, Rob said: “I would tell my friends to imagine the most outrageous Jeremy Kyle story they have ever heard and multiply it by 100. You couldn’t make up what happened.”
“The fact that she had the audacity to meet him while I was at work and be a happy family, only for me to come home and her to announce, ‘Daddy’s home,’ is incredible.”
Finally, in July 2023, Rob (pictured, with his wife) plucked up the courage to take a DNA test. Four days later he confirmed that he was not the biological father.
Rob lodged a police complaint alleging that one of his employees had broken the law by deliberately falsifying details on a birth certificate – a claim his ex-wife (pictured) denies.
When the baby’s birth was registered, Rob’s name was listed on the birth certificate as the father. But she hasn’t had anything to do with his life for eight months and she wasn’t allowed to attend his first birthday party.
He remains unsure of his custody rights, since he is not actually the father of the girl and does not want to complicate her life.
He said: ‘I miss her (the baby) like crazy.’ She is now 15 months old. She would do anything to see her again but I will probably never see her again.
‘No matter how much I love her (the baby) I don’t want to complicate her life. She doesn’t deserve to have that complication in her life wondering who is that random man who comes to see me twice a month?
“I’d like to think I’d recognize her if I passed her on the street, but I don’t know, I haven’t even seen a photo of her in months.”
Rob hasn’t been allowed to see the baby since he broke up with his wife (pictured)
Rob also said his wife (pictured) had breached the police code of ethics, but the claim was rejected.
It affected Rob’s entire family, especially his parents, who happily helped care for their first granddaughter.
“My father is over seventy years old and it was the first time I saw him with my eyes open,” he said.
Rob was forced to take six months off work. “I was going to sleep hoping I wouldn’t wake up. I wasn’t suicidal, but I wanted to die,” he said. “I had no suicidal intentions because I knew that my wife had taken a granddaughter from my parents, I was not going to allow them to take her son away from me as well.”
Since the couple’s split, Rob has been couch surfing and staying with friends. His beagle Holly, which Rob’s wife had before she met him, had to be put down.
Their rottweiler Hector, who was rescued from the RSPCA when the couple was six months old when they were together, lives with his mother.
Trying to get his partner to take some responsibility for his actions, Rob filed a formal complaint with the police alleging that one of his employees had broken the law by knowingly falsifying details on a birth certificate, a claim his ex-wife denies. .
He also said she violated the police code of ethics, but the complaint was rejected.
“I still can’t believe how brazen she is to lie and stick to an incredible story and how she has acted after being discovered,” Rob said.
His ex-wife declined to comment.