The mother of the 13-year-old schoolboy father Alfie Patten is due before court in Eastbourne for failing to make her son go to school.

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Alfie, 13, who is awaiting the results of a DNA test to determine whether he is the father of week-old Maisie, is currently on half term from Willingdon Community School in the East Sussex town.

His mother, Nicola Patten, 43, will have to explain to the court why he was regularly absent during a five-month period last year.

She could be fined under the Education Act.

A source close to the family said: “Alfie may look like butter wouldn’t melt but he is quite a wild kid. He is often seen hanging out with older boys on the housing estates when he should be in school.” .

Chantelle Steadman, Maisie’s 15-year-old mother, is said to have gone into hiding until she gets the results of a DNA test to determine the baby’s paternity.

The tests could be back as early as next Monday.

Two other boys came forward over the weekend to say they could be the father after sleeping with Chantelle about nine months ago and up to six other boys have been named locally as potential fathers.

Chantelle insists she has only ever had sexual intercourse with Alfie.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex County Council yesterday said it would no longer comment on any aspect of the Alfie case.

She said: “We are saying that we did not pay for the DNA test. It is not something we would do.

“But we will not be commenting on this issue any further.

“We do not believe that the interests of the children and young people in this case are being well served by the media coverage of it.

“We will be referring the case to the Press Complaints Commission.”