A mother who accepted almost $ 60,000 in child support from a man who discovered 18 years later that the child was not his, has attacked his critics.
Kerry Headley, a seasonal fisherman living in the coastal city of Cervantes in western Australia, began paying child support after sleeping with Julie Byass almost 20 years ago.
She says she left the city after discovering she was pregnant, but not before telling Kerry that the unborn baby was his.
Now, 18 years later, Mr. Headley is demanding that Ms. Byass or the Government return the child support payments after a DNA test revealed that he was not the child's father.
Ms. Byass has defended herself on social media, claiming that she has not been "plucking" Mr. Headley.
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A mother who accepted almost $ 60,000 in child support from a man who discovered 18 years later that the child was not his, has returned the blow to his critics (Pictured: Julie Byass)
Kerry Headley (pictured with her wife Shannon) paid $ 58,001.83 in support payments to Mrs. Byass for the salary of a seasonal fisherman over the course of 18 years.
Ms. Byass has returned the blow to her critics on social media, claiming that she has not been "fleendiendo" Kerry
"None of you knows me and you only know what he said on television for him … I never fell asleep, that's a town gossip," he posted on Facebook.
& # 39; I did not usurp (sic) anyone and the support agency tried for 17 years to contact him to do a DNA test or continue paying child support, only in 2016 he made a tax return for the previous years and That's why he was so tall.
"Once they froze their account, he decided he wanted a DNA test, so please keep your opinions when you do not know the whole story."
"To make things clear, he accepted it as his own (even to the point of having her as a florist at his wedding) but as I said, it was not until they took the lump sum that he did something about it."
Ms. Byass told her critics to "get off their tall horses."
"I worked and I supported her, it was a mistake and yes, I and she are now suffering."
Mrs. Byass told her critics to "get off their horses", saying that her daughter was suffering
Drowned in debt, Mr. Headley continued to pay alimony, thinking that the daughter (pictured) of Ms. Byass was his
Ms. Byass was persecuted by A Current Affair for comment, but refused to speak while filming.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Ms. Byass for comments.
The first payment made by the Australian Child Support Agency was $ 26,000, Headley told Channel Nine's A Current Affair.
He froze his account and his passport during a fishing season, telling him they would not freeze when the bill was paid in full.
Drowned in debt, Mr. Headley continued to pay alimony, thinking that Mrs. Byass's daughter was his.
Even then, Mr. Headley was skeptical that he was really the father, and he told his wife, Shannon, that there were "few suitors" for Ms. Byass at that time.
Eventually he contacted the agency, where a spokesman apparently called him "idiot". by phone and urged him to go for a DNA test.
Mr. Headley (pictured with his wife Shannon) demands that Ms. Byass or the Government return the child support payments
Mr Headley's wife Shannon (pictured) says he was always skeptical that he was really the father
Ms. Byass was persecuted by A Current Affair for comment, but refused to speak while filming her. She finally responded to the television program through a statement.
In the statement, she said she genuinely believed that Mr. Headley was the father, and that he is now "coming up with allegations that are unfounded and false."
Ms. Byass was ordered to return the full amount to Mr. Headley, but can only pay biweekly fees of less than $ 50 since she is unemployed.
At the current rate it will take more than 44 years to pay the $ 58,001.38 that you owe.
Mr. Headley says he is more angry at the Child Support Agency for allowing this to happen, and expects to get the money back, instead of Ms. Byass.
& # 39; They accepted me as the father without any proof. That's what really makes me angry, "he said.
A DNA test revealed that Mr. Headley (pictured) was not the girl's father
He said that Ms. Byass (pictured) fled the city after becoming pregnant with what she said was her son