A Nashville man has been paying child support for over 12 years for a child that isn't his. Antonio Davis said he's paid more than $40,000 in child support to take care of a little girl he has seen once in the last decade. He signed the birth certificate when the child was born, but he had doubts he was the real father. "For me, as a man, it's kind of hard to hold a child in your hands and say, 'This is not my child,'" Davis said. He has been to court more than 20 times to try and get a paternity test for the little girl. For the past 12 years, Davis said he's also been paying between $20 and $329 per month in child support."The state has garnished everything I can think of," he added.The mother left the state years ago and took the child with her. Davis could not get a Davidson County judge to approve a paternity test. But last year, when Davis learned the mother of the child had moved to Clarksville, he found a judge there who approved it. The test came back negative. "I went to court on December 3 with a blood test in my hand, but it seemed at the time that it was irrelevant," said Davis.
He explained that a Davidson County judge told him that as long as his signature is on the child's birth certificate, he is responsible for taking care of her.
Davis, however, has two biological children that he wishes he could spend that money on instead.When Nashville's News 2 reached out to the mother, she said she is certain Davis is the father of the child and does not believe the outcome of the paternity test.