Alfie Patten – the exploited face of broken Britain

The tale of 13-year-old father Alfie Patten has shocked us all. Yet it is the actions of the adults in the story that are truly deplorable.

By Judith Woods
Last Updated: 8:57PM GMT 16 Feb 2009

Schoolboy father Alfie Patten will not have social services paternity test

Alfie Patten: Chantelle has said Alfie is the father of her one-week-old daughter Photo: AFP

Alfie Patten. Does the name ring any bells? He’s a tabloid editor’s dream and is rapidly being elevated to the status of national celebrity. Not in a good way, but that’s not really the point. Still struggling? How about “that boy Alfie”. You know – the 13-year-old dad who looks about eight and is currently locked in a tug-of-love battle with two other teenagers, all three claiming to be the father of newborn Maisie Roxanne.

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