A Michigan man whose ex-partner demanded child support for her twins got the surprise of a lifetime when DNA tests revealed the twins have two different fathers.
Chad Snyder was excited when, in 2012, his girlfriend became pregnant with twins. But before long, people were commenting that his daughter resembled another man acquainted with his girlfriend. Still, Snyder was unprepared for the coming revelation.
"Well, we had my son three years ago, and just so happens he has a twin sister. The girl isn’t mine, but the son is," Snyder told WNEM. "I never in a million years thought that could happen."
Following a paternity case brought by the twins' mother in New Jersey, Snyder and his ex-girlfriend appeared on daytime TV talk show "Maury." There, a DNA test confirmed Snyder's fears: The boy, Tagyen, is his, but the girl, Payton, is another man's.
Previously, the mother had testified in court that she had two sexual partners in the span of a week, after which she became pregnant with the twins, according to CNN.
"Things got really, really hard," Snyder told WNEM. "It was very strenuous."
By the time the truth was discovered, Snyder had formed a close relationship with both children. It was a terrible shock for him to learn that Payton was the child of another man.
"We were very bonded," he said of Payton. "I was the only one who could feed her at the time."
Coming to terms with this new reality has been difficult.
"Yeah, it’s been very, very hard," he said. "I’ve started to get adjusted to it over the last year, but there’s nothing I can do to fix it."
While Snyder has custody of Tagyen, he said he wishes he could see more of the girl he once believed was his daughter.
"I would love to, but it’s probably never going to happen," he said.
Twins with two different fathers are known as bipaternal or heteropaternal, according to CNN. It's a rare phenomenon, but not as rare as most people assume, as there is a window of about one week for the sperm of two different men to fertilize two different eggs.
"It is more common than we think," Dr. Keith Eddleman told CNN. "In many situations, you would never know because there is no reason to do a paternity test on twins."