Imagine doing a genealogy test to learn more about your ancestors only to discover that the man you thought was your biological father is not--and he didn't even know it. Well, that's exactly what happened to one young woman in Utah and, believe it or not, the case gets even more bizarre...

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More than 20 years ago, a couple who has been identified only as Paula and Jeff, were having trouble conceiving, so they went to a local reproductive clinic for artificial insemination. Their daughter Ashley, who's now 21 years old, was born soon after and they lived happily ever after. That is, until they decided to take that genealogy test and all hell broke loose.

After realizing Jeff was not Ashley's biological dad, the couple went looking for answers. Unfortunately, the clinic had closed and all its records no longer existed. Through more testing and researching of their own, they eventually found one of Ashley's relatives on her father's side who told them a cousin by the name of Thomas Lippert had been an employee of the clinic more than 20 years ago.

Ashley's parents are convinced that Lippert, a convicted felon who'd been in jail for kidnap, switched Jeff's sperm with his own and he may have done the same to other customers too! Can you believe it?

Unfortunately, Lippert died in 1999 and taking all his secrets to the grave, so we'll never know the extent of his disgusting and criminal behavior. In the hopes of helping others determine whether Lippert could be their child's biological father, Paula and Jeff have set up a website called Was Your Child Fathered by Thomas Lippert?

I must say I can't help but wonder what Ashley must have felt like after the truth was revealed. While there's no denying that the man who raised and loved her is her real father, it must still be really creepy to find out that you've been living a lie for so long...

Image via www.lippertschildren.blogspot.com

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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