Tests confirm third Brown child

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James Brown's brood just got a little bigger, and it might keep growing as more DNA test results come back.

James Brown left a will that provided for six of his children and established a trust for any grandchildren. It's unclear, however, if that trust has any money.  Staff
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James Brown left a will that provided for six of his children and established a trust for any grandchildren. It's unclear, however, if that trust has any money.

The number of positives is up to three, estate trustee Buddy Dallas said Monday. About a dozen people have undergone paternity testing, and some have already been ruled out as Mr. Brown's children, he said.

Mr. Dallas and Rodney Peeples, an attorney for the trustees, have declined to identify the late Godfather of Soul's newly confirmed offspring.

One of the three is LaRhonda Petitt, a 45-year-old retired flight attendant and teacher living in Houston, whose mother had a relationship with the performer in the early 1960s in Los Angeles. Ms. Petitt gave The Augusta Chronicle a document from North Carolina-based LabCorp, which Mr. Dallas said has been conducting the tests, showing a 99.99 percent probability that she's Mr. Brown's daughter.

A woman living in Florida told The Chronicle she tested positive, but she said she does not want to go public.

Paternity on another possible child is still being debated.

Mr. Dallas has asked that a DNA test be done on James Brown II, the 6-year-old child born to the singer's disputed fourth wife more than 10 months after the entertainer's will was drafted. The trustee said in court papers that Mr. Brown questioned whether the boy was his son and asked that paternity be confirmed after his death. The child's mother, who was also left out of the will and has challenged it as Mr. Brown's "omitted spouse," has steadfastly refused to allow a paternity test to be conducted unless the singer's other children undergo DNA testing.

Mr. Brown, who died in Atlanta on Christmas Day, named six children as heirs in his will: sons Daryl Brown, Larry Brown and Terry Brown; and daughters Deanna Brown Thomas, Yamma Brown Lumar and Vanisha Brown. They inherited household furnishings and other personal belongings.

The bulk of Mr. Brown's estate - the rights to his music and likeness - were placed in two educational trusts, although attorneys for Mrs. Brown and several of the children dispute that they are legally valid.

Whether any unacknowledged children confirmed to be the music legend's offspring can also challenge the will for inheritance is unclear. Their children, however, could be entitled to school funds as Mr. Brown's grandchildren through the James Brown Family Education Trust, but whether the trust has any money is also uncertain.

Mrs. Brown's Charleston-based attorney, Robert Rosen, said in an e-mail Monday that any adult children found through DNA testing were deliberately left out of the will, so they should not be able to claim any inheritance. However, Mr. Brown would not have been able to intentionally exclude children born after he signed his will, Mr. Rosen said.

James II's court-appointed guardian ad litem has filed papers in Aiken County Court, arguing that the boy should receive inheritance from Mr. Brown's estate as if the singer had died without a will.

"Clearly James II has a valid claim as, among other reasons, he was born after the will," Mr. Rosen said.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395 ext. 111 or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/21/07 - 04:44 am
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Is this a reprint or is

Is this a reprint or is everything about this mans finances and family so confusing it just seems like a reprint?

pofwe
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pofwe 08/21/07 - 05:42 am
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Text book case of how to

Text book case of how to leave an estate in a lurch. A field day for attorneys who will eventually fire their clients when their resources are depleted. Where's Sharpton? He got his cash pay-off & wisely took it up to N.Y. The family will get what they deserve for being so greedy & out-of-touch with Daddy. Nothing.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 08/21/07 - 06:12 am
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This is a SHAME for the

This is a SHAME for the current Mrs. Brown and James Brown II, they do indeed deserve the inheritance. AS for all the wanna-bees that pranced around on TV, who knows what they deserve with their greedy self. If they have not at this point had a DNA, then they can be counted out--what are they scared of????The Truth!!!!!No one wanted anything to do with DADDY" alla these years then we see $$$$$marks and lo and behold, they're everythere. Now as far as the three that is 99>99% yes because DADDY did not know how to keep his pants on backin the "GOOD OLE ROCKING DAYS". So Attorneys don't eat up all the money give it to these children and James LL and his mom. Stop being stingy.

WAG
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WAG 08/21/07 - 06:21 am
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Mr. Brown was such a fine

Mr. Brown was such a fine speciman..couldnt keep his pants zipped.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 08/21/07 - 06:35 am
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I do think that all of the so

I do think that all of the so called Brown children should have to undergo DNA. If one has to then they all need to and if they know they are his they shouldn't have a problem with it.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 08/21/07 - 08:04 am
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I'm not sure about SC, but GA

I'm not sure about SC, but GA has a law that all children born within a marriage are assumed to be the offspring of the husband and have inheritance rights....whether they belong to the husband or not biologically.
If all of the children mentioned in his Will were born within his marriages they are automatically his legal children. So...they would not have to have to have DNA tests to prove anything.

hopeful
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hopeful 08/21/07 - 10:33 am
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then so are you baroness,

then so are you baroness, Flirting with "accusing" and "calling of names"...but then again, you do know it all so thats ok????!!!!!!

SilentJ
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SilentJ 08/21/07 - 10:54 am
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I dunno he always looked like

I dunno he always looked like an old boozer to me.

SouthernBelle
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SouthernBelle 08/21/07 - 11:23 am
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that is good for deanna

that is good for deanna

a2
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a2 08/21/07 - 12:15 pm
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He may have been an old

He may have been an old boozer, but he was an old boozer w/money. No different than say, Brittany Spears. Showing all her "old used" goodies every chance she gets.

deekster
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deekster 08/21/07 - 01:09 pm
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Was James Brown a Mormon?

Was James Brown a Mormon? What's the problem? We have a leading presidential candidate who believes it is God's will for him to repopulate the world. And before the LDS members reply, they should have watched PBS's special on what a "devote" Mormon really believes. All of these unborn spirit babies are waiting in heaven for Mormon males to fertilize women in order to populate the world. It is some sort of "perversion" of the conception of Jesus Christ.

deekster
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deekster 08/21/07 - 01:15 pm
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James Brown was an advocate

James Brown was an advocate for PBS. They aired a special last night on a group of chimps who are very close to humans. They resolve all of their issues with "indiscriminate intercourse". Continual intercourse. So much so that the males have evolved the largest genitals for their size of any primates (-: Everything is shared in the community and there is "peace". No "alfa males or females". No fighting, JUST SEX! The offsprings are shared in the community because no one knows the parentage. Baby chimps hang on and nurse while the females are humping.

HUUUUMMMMM (-:

a2
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a2 08/21/07 - 01:45 pm
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Roberto probably has 12

Roberto probably has 12 children of his own.

a2
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a2 08/21/07 - 01:55 pm
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Someone has a mental problem

Someone has a mental problem and it is obvious.

NoGoodReason
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NoGoodReason 08/21/07 - 03:02 pm
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Here's my 2 cents James Brown

Here's my 2 cents James Brown was a talented man with a generous sprit and human like the rest of us "not perfect"... RIP J.B.

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mable8 08/21/07 - 06:33 pm
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JB had a 'generous spirit"

JB had a 'generous spirit" alright; just look at all the new 'heirs" cropping up! His talent was obviously reproduction; but not to perfection.

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thomastolson 08/21/07 - 06:47 pm
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All you perfect individuals

All you perfect individuals with so much courage that you choose to down a man after his death. You should be ashamed! I'm sure many of you aren't. Most of you are just insane and have nothing else to do but circulate negatives. I bet your relationships with others including relatives are so wonderful.

Edgefield
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Edgefield 08/21/07 - 07:21 pm
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Granted the man had a gift of

Granted the man had a gift of song and of voce but let us face it he would screw any woman who would drop her pants. He was scum as much as the women he hung around with. Let them ll suffer toghether

istp
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istp 08/21/07 - 08:19 pm
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thank you

thank you thomastolson..people act like they have the right to just down anybody as if they are perfect! that's why i really don't like to comment on here because i would tell or comment the truth on here and others would literally try and jump down my throat--don't get mad at the truth--you people are ignorant for talking negatively of mr. brown, whoever you are out there!

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 08/22/07 - 01:16 am
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daddy

daddy

worriedboutdafuture
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worriedboutdafuture 08/22/07 - 04:55 am
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If james had any money, It's

If james had any money, It's probly all gone now with all the legal rambling over his estate, the lawyers are probly the only ones benefiting from this mess. (their fees are outrageous!) and they are eating up any income or assets that james may have had!! this family will never be the same. MONEY(GREED!!) HAS TORN THEM COMPLETLY APART!!!!!!

istp
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istp 08/22/07 - 09:38 am
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worriedboutdafuture..that is

worriedboutdafuture..that is so true!

hoghead
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hoghead 08/22/07 - 02:47 pm
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If we all took a maternaty

If we all took a maternaty test we all might get a shock of our lives....

deekster
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deekster 08/23/07 - 10:06 am
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"I feel good" "I knew that I

"I feel good" "I knew that I would, now" So good, so good, I got all of you"

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