Father of 27 speaks: ‘I know of people who have even more than me’

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 2:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 2:29 PM

The Dayton man in the spotlight locally since his appearance on “Divorce Court” aired Friday had a one word answer when asked how one man could have 27 children.

“Sex,” Nathaniel J. Smith responded Monday.

The answer came just hours after Smith was released from the Montgomery County, Ohio,  jail on a failure to appear charge related to a child support case.

Read: Dayton father of 27 jailed for failure to appear

Smith said he was unaware of the court appearance for which he was arrested Sunday morning.

The 39-year-old father of 12 sons and 15 daughters by 17 women said he didn’t think about his children’s best interest when he was procreating.

“How I lived is wrong. I will admit everything, but I am not going to keep kicking myself in the (butt) everyday. All I can do right now is be the best father for them I can be and that is that. Whoever can’t accept that, you know, Oh well.”

Dayton man: “I’ve got 12 sons and 15 daughters. I have 27 all together”

Smith, who hopes to get a reality show, said his estranged wife Jasmine Cotton has been contacted by two TV talk shows since the episode aired.

A poet and performer who goes by the stage names of Brave Nate, FlexLuthor and Hustle Simmons, Smith says he is a “full-time parent” and sees at least one or two of his children nearly everyday. Some do not received all the attention they need, but Smith says he does his best.

“If I am absent, it is because the moms (are) keeping them away,” Smith said. “I am not a danger to my kids. I am not in the streets. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do none of that.”

The show Smith and Cotton appeared on was taped in June. Smith said he contacted the show hoping it could help with his divorce. Instead, the show compensated he and Cotton $570 each and paid for their flights to the taping and their hotel rooms.

Smith faced strong words from TV judge Lynn Toler. He denied preying on young women, which Cotton and Toler accused him of doing.

His wife is 23. Smith said the majority of his children’s mothers are at least 28 years old.

He said he has custody of two of the children and is currently trying to get custody of another. All said he says he is in contact with all but five of his children and has 21 child support orders.

Smith wouldn’t reveal how much money he owes in child support or say how much he pays monthly.

“That is no one’s concern,” he said. “That information is not available for public inspection.”

Smith said many people in Dayton knew he fathered several children before the show aired.

“With me, it really wasn’t a big deal because I know of people who have even more than me,” he said. “The difference is I take care of mine or at least attempt to.”

He said he personally knows two people with as many children as he has and one person with 40 children. He said his attorney told him of two fathers with more than 60 and more than 70 children.

Smith’s oldest child is 21 years old and is a mother. His youngest is almost a year old.

He knew his Divorce Court appearance would create a splash, but he didn’t know the reactions would be so condemning, Smith said.

“To judge me? I read somethings on the website that were like, “wow.” People say I need to be in jail. If I were to go to jail, what about my kids …, what about them?” the Patterson Co-Op High School graduate asked. “People are going to be people. They get someone who has abortions all the time and they give them the thumbs up.”

He said he would be alarmed if one of his daughters introduced him to a boyfriend with several children, but he said he wouldn’t judge the person without getting to know that person’s intentions.

Smith said he has always been popular and his personality has helped attract the opposite sex.

“I am no different from a football player in college or high school,” he said. “They are coming at you.”

Before losing his barbershop a decade ago and his barber license around 2006, Smith said he had plenty of money. In recent years, his children’s mothers have contributed more.

“They had to step up. Nobody is missing a beat. I don’t have no poor looking kids,” Smith said. “I am blessed is all I’ve got to say. If I was to die today, doesn’t mean they are going to go without. Everything is going to be fine whether I am in their lives or not.”

He said he loves his children and would not change a thing if making that change would mean a single one would not be born.

“What is done is done,” he said. “One thing I would change is different moms.”

WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

            WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

UPDATE, Feb. 27, 12:45 p.m. EST:

Officials at Animal Adventure Park in New York are still awaiting the birth of a giraffe calf.

April the Giraffe has been on watch for several days as the arrival of her calf is anticipated.

An update posted on Animal Adventure Park's official Facebook page reported that April is still doing well as of Monday morning and that she still has not delivered the calf.

The post said the baby giraffe is kicking inside of April and that the kicks are big and "noticeably obvious."

Officials reported continued growth and position change of the calf and said that both April and the unborn calf are happy and healthy.

A photo posted on the account's page showed April and Oliver, the father of the unborn calf, more than a year ago.

Animal Adventure Park said that it will host a live chat on its YouTube account Monday night from 8 to 9 p.m. EST.

2/27 Morning Update:
Keeper's report is all is well in the barn.  April is eating breakfast this morning and body...

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Monday, February 27, 2017

UPDATE, Feb. 25: Officials at the Animal Adventure Park are still eagerly awaiting the birth of April the Giraffe's calf. 

Increased belly movement has been noted, according to an update posted on Facebook Saturday morning.

Related: 14 fast facts about giraffes

2/25 Morning Update:
 #GiraffeWatch2017 continues
Keepers have reported the continued shedding of the wax caps on...

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Saturday, February 25, 2017

See the live stream of April below:

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 5:42 p.m.: The Animal Adventure Park provided an update from a veterinarian in a Facebook post.

"Progression continues," animal park officials said. "We cannot confirm active labor at this time, however giraffes hide their signs as a natural instinct, that is why until we see hooves we will not announce active labor ... We are just waiting for the calf!"

Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 9:42 a.m. EST: A live stream video of April that was posted on YouTube and pulled from the site early Thursday due to "nudity and sexual content" has been reactivated.

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 8:02 a.m. EST: Officials from the Animal Adventure Park took to Facebook Live to address YouTube's removal of the April the giraffe live stream.

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 7:37 a.m. EST: The live stream of April the giraffe was removed from YouTube early Thursday.

"Upset Youtube has suspended the LIVE FEED for nudity & sexual content? LET THEM KNOW," Animal Adventure Park wrote on Facebook. "You can thank Animal Rights Extremists for this issue."

We will be FACEBOOK LIVE from the Giraffe Barn at 8:00 AM EST

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: The impending birth of a baby giraffe has the internet waiting with bated breath.

April the giraffe is getting ready to welcome a calf with her mate, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

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Animal Adventure Park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth. It is updated with a new link every few hours.

April is 15 years old, and this will be her fourth calf. Oliver is 5 years old, and this is his first calf. 

For more information, visit Animal Adventure Park's YouTube stream.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Dog walker dies after falling down flight of stairs

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:32 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

            Dog walker dies after falling down flight of stairs

A man whose girlfriend is a professional dog walker fell down a flight of stairs and died Thursday while he was in town helping her care for two dogs.

Christian “CJ” Dallet, 53, was in town for the weekend from Massachusetts and had just picked up the dogs from a client’s apartment when he fell down the stairs, according to WABC.

“We both had been taking care of those dogs since (the owners) got them, so he knows them inside and out,” Carol West, Dallet’s girlfriend of five years, told the New York Post. “He may have tripped on the stairs while walking the dogs. I’m trying to deal with this. This is devastating for me.”

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Dallet, a longtime Brooklyn resident moved to the Berkshires in Massachusetts a few months ago to care for his mother, according to the Post. He is survived by two daughters, Liliana, 19, and Anais, 13.

Dallet died of blunt trauma to his head, according to the medical examiner. It is unclear if he slipped or if the dogs pulled him down the stairs. The manner of death was ruled an accident.

The dog owner’s son was the first to see the dogs pacing around Dallet’s body, which was lying at the foot of the stairs. The boy called West, who was in the area walking another dog, according to the New York Daily News.

The dog’s owner said Dallet had walked them for years without a problem.

“He loved those dogs,” Duke Scoppa told the Daily News.

The dogs, a pit bull mix and an Australian shepherd mix, are not to blame, Liliana Dallet, told the Daily News.

“It was an accident. Neither of the dogs had issues,” she said. “It’s so tragic. I don’t know what one does when you lose not only the person you come from, but your best friend."

Dallet’s ex-wife, Melissa Dallet, 52, and their daughters were on their way to meet him when they found out that he had died.

“He loved his daughters more than anything,” Melissa Dallet told the Post. “He helped them to be intelligent and strong.”

Five things to know about La Niña

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:08 PM

            Five things to know about La Niña

Five things to know about La Niña:

1. La Niña is part of an important climate phenomena called ENSO, or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. ENSO includes the climate patterns of El Niño, La Niña and when the atmosphere is in a neutral state.

2. La Niña occurs when the waters of the central and equatorial Pacific are cooler than normal. The change in water temperatures impact air flow, strengthening the winds known as the easterlies, or the trade winds.

3. A La Niña pattern typically follows an El Niño and usually lasts nine months.

4. Not all La Niña patterns have the same strength, but they usually develop in the spring, reach peak intensity in the fall and then dissipate the next spring or early summer.

5. A La Niña can mean a more active hurricane season in the Atlantic and a less active season in the Pacific. For Florida, it means a drier and warmer winter, which can sometimes increase the wildfire threat.

'La La Land's' Emma Stone discusses Oscars award mix-up

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

            'La La Land's' Emma Stone discusses Oscars award mix-up

"La La Land," a film about a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, won six Academy Awards Sunday night, including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Score. 

Best Picture was not among the Academy Awards that the film earned. 

An envelope mix-up during the awards show led to an incorrect announcement, and the "La La Land" cast and crew took the stage to say their thank-yous before they were told that they had not won Best Picture as had been announced.

>> Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally named "La La Land" the winner after being given the wrong envelope for the announcement. 

Emma Stone, who took home the award for Best Actress for her role in "La La Land," said after the show that she didn't understand how the mix-up happened.

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"I (expletive) loved 'Moonlight.' God, I love 'Moonlight' so much. I'm so excited for 'Moonlight.' Of course, it was an amazing thing to hear 'La La Land.' I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture," she told reporters backstage on Sunday. "But we are so excited for 'Moonlight.' I think it is one of the best films of all time. So I was pretty beside myself. I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time, so whatever story … I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So, I'm not sure what happened."

Stone asked reporters at the Dolby Theater if the incident was "the craziest Oscar moment of all time," and many said it was. 

"Cool," she said. "I guess we made history tonight. I don't even know what to say. I was still on such a buzzy train backstage that I was on another planet already. This felt like another planet. I think it's an incredible outcome but a very strange happening for Oscar history."

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company responsible for tabulating results and monitoring distribution of awards at the show, creates two copies of cards in envelopes that wait on each side of the stage for each category winner.

"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope, and when discovered, was immediately corrected," the company said in a statement. "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

"La La Land" also snagged Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. 

"Moonlight" also earned Best adapted screenplay.

>> 2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' best picture, complete list of winners