- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for a former boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith asked a judge yesterday to step into the paternity case over the former Playboy Playmate’s baby, but the judge said he doubted he had that authority.

Mrs. Smith’s boyfriend Howard K. Stern is listed on 5-month-old Dannielynn’s birth certificate as her father, but two other men claim to have fathered the girl.

Los Angeles photographer Larry Birkhead, the ex-boyfriend, wants the court to enforce a California judge’s orders so he can get DNA samples from Mrs. Smith’s body and the baby.

Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, also says he may be the father.

A private hearing in the Bahamas to determine guardianship of the girl is expected to resume Monday between Mr. Stern and Mrs. Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, who also is seeking custody. The judge in that case has barred Mr. Stern from taking the girl out of the Bahamas until a custody ruling.

Broward County Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda seemed at a loss as to how the case had landed in Florida, where Mrs. Smith died Feb. 8.

“I’m trying to figure out what jurisdiction there could possibly be here. … I’m not even sure California’s got jurisdiction,” Judge Korda said.

“This child is in the Bahamas. The jurisdiction is in the Bahamas,” he said, but added that he would examine the issue and rule quickly.

Mr. Birkhead’s attorneys said they planned to go to the Bahamas on Monday to request custody of the girl.

“I’ll go anywhere I have to,” Mr. Birkhead said outside the courtroom.

The developments were the latest in the saga surrounding Mrs. Smith’s death of still-undetermined causes. On Thursday, another judge let Richard Milstein, Dannielynn’s court-appointed attorney, decide where to bury Mrs. Smith.

The lawyer’s decision to bury her alongside her son in the Bahamas didn’t please everyone, and her estranged mother planned to challenge it yesterday.

In a bizarre, rambling statement, a sometimes blubbering Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin made it clear what he felt should be done.

“I want her buried with her son in the Bahamas,” he said through tears. “I want them to be together.”

Mrs. Arthur, wanted Mrs. Smith brought to her native Texas, and criticized the judge’s scene-stealing antics.

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