Anna Nicole's Baby in Care of Stern's Family
February 10, 2007 1:43am CST
Anna Nicole Smith's 5-month-old daughter Dannielynn Hope is now in the care of her companion Howard K. Stern's mother and sister in the Bahamas, PEOPLE has learned. Meanwhile, Stern, who is listed on Dannielynn's birth certificate as her father, is in Florida, where police earlier Friday said that there was no evidence that a crime had occurred in Smith's death."Of course he wants to be with her," says Smith lawyer Ron Rale of Stern and Dannielynn, "but I don't know exactly when he will get there."Dannielynn was not with her mother, Anna Nicole Smith, when Smith died Thursday in Florida. Sources had said was in the Bahamas, where she was born, in the care of the mother of Shane Gibson, a high-ranking Bahamian official and close friend of Smith's. Already, as was the case with her mother, controversy has become a constant in young Dannielynn's life. Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern was born on Sept. 7, just three days before Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, died of an apparent drug overdose in Smith's room at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, on the island of New Providence. Three weeks later, Stern, who was there when Dannielynn was born and when Daniel died, went on Larry King Live to say he was the baby's "proud father." Stern told King, "Based on the timing of it, there shouldn't be a doubt (about paternity)." He also said that the baby was Smith's "ray of hope" after the tragedy. Dannielynn, he said, is "the one thing that is really keeping her going. And through it all, even with all the pain, she has been a great mom, a very attentive mom."But Smith's ex-boyfriend, Los Angeles-based photographer Larry Birkhead, claimed that Dannielynn is his daughter. He filed a lawsuit accusing Smith of providing fraudulent information when she applied for her daughter's birth certificate. "I am the father of Dannielynn and I think this is ... a crime," Birkhead said. "I expect to be reunited with my daughter."Just a day before Smith died, a Los Angeles judge ordered Smith and Danielynn to submit to a paternity test. But on Friday, a Los Angeles judge refused to order an emergency test on the body of the late Smith, which had been requested on behalf of Birkhead. A full hearing in the matter has been scheduled for Feb. 20.