Family sues after DNA test kit exposes that their daughter isn’t related to her dad

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An Ohio family is suing a Cincinnati fertility clinic, asserting that DNA kits that the family bought and administered, proved that their 24-year-old daughter is not biologically linked to her father.

Like many families these past few years, the Cartellone family decided to get ancestry kits for the holidays. Also, like many other families, the family didn’t expect that the results to the DNA testing kit, would be as surprising as they were.

The DNA kits purchased as innocent Christmas gifts revealed to the family that a 24-year-old daughter is not biologically related to her father. The family believes that a fertility clinic physician may have fathered their daughter.

According to the official lawsuit complaint from the Cartellone family, in 1994, Jennifer and Joseph Cartellone “turned to assisted reproductive technology,” because they had trouble fulfilling their dream of having a child otherwise.

The Cartellone’s are saying that the Cincinnati fertility clinic promised they would utilize the couple’s sperm and egg to create an embryo for transfer to Jennifer’s uterus. The transfer was successful, but the sperm wasn’t Joseph Cartellone’s, as made evident by a DNA test kit from

The family is suing for breach of contract, battery, negligence and additional charges. They are seeking damages and for the facilities to unveil who fathered their daughter Rebecca, and the true story behind the IVF procedure.


Lawyers for the family, who are filing the lawsuit, say that paternity tests taken by Mr. Cartellone also confirm that he is not the biological father of his daughter.

According to the family, the results have narrowed the identity of Rebecca’s biological father to a few people. One of these people happens to be a physician associated with the Christ Hospital fertility clinic that the Cartellone’s were serviced by, in the 90s.

The Christ Hospital has yet to comment on the pending litigation.

h/t The Columbus Dispatch