Woman sues doctor for inseminating mother with his own sperm


A woman says an Ancestry.com DNA test revealed her father — her parents' fertility doctor

Before receiving the shocking test results, Ms Rowlette had no clue that her parents had experienced trouble conceiving and had visited Dr Mortimer in the late 1970s.

According to the Daily Beast, Rowlette is suing Mortimer after finding out the now retired doctor used his own sperm to impregnate her mother.

The account comes from a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Idaho.

The legal complaint says that Dr. Mortimer knew that he was the father of Kelli Rowlette from the beginning and never told anyone.

A DNA test revealed a woman might be the biological daughter of the doctor who delivered her.

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In any case, it seems that at some point, Dr Mortimer used his own sperm instead, without the knowledge of the parents.

Rowlette, Ms. Ashby, and Mr. Fowler are suing Dr. Mortimer for the charges of Medical Negligence, Failure to Obtain Informed Consent, Fraud, Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Breach of Contract, Consumer Protection Act Violation, Respondeat Superior, and Negligent Supervision.

The famous line uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Kindergarten Cop was a literal question on the mind of Washington state resident Kelli Rowlette after DNA she sent to genealogy website Ancestry.com yielded a perplexing answer. "Mr. Fowler was also devastated by the news", the lawsuit reads.

Court documents claim Mortimer cried when Ashby told him they were moving. Her parents had used Mortimer's services back when they were trying to get pregnant, and apparently he managed to pull a fast one on them.

The couple agreed to the procedure, according to the lawsuit, but only if the donor could be a college student who looked like Fowler, with brown hair and blue eyes, and who was taller than 6 feet.

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After agreeing to pay Dr. Mortimer to perform the specified procedure, Dr. Mortimer collected genetic material from Mr. Fowler to perform the procedure over several sessions.

Ms Roulette was conceived via artificial insemination in the 1980s.

Ancestry.com said that "DNA testing helps people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity".

Rowlette later discovered the truth when she found her birth certificate in October and noticed the signature of the doctor who delivered her.

Mortimer could not immediately be reached for comment, and it's not clear whether he has an attorney. When she received the report from Ancestry.com in July 2017 connecting her to Mortimer, she dismissed the results as a mistake. The family believes he knew he was Rowlette's biological father. "Anyone who takes a test can change their DNA matching settings at any time, meaning that if they opt-out, their profile and relationship will not be visible to other customers", the statement said.

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