A woman discovers a family secret thanks to a DNA test

Internet shocked by woman’s dark family secret after taking DNA test

Commenters were shocked after a user said a DNA test revealed his sister was switched at birth and her biological father was a convicted rapist who raped her biological mother.

The original poster (OP), or u/trustworthy_expert, wrote about the situation on Reddit’s u/tifu subreddit where it received nearly 9,700 upvotes and 600 comments. The position can be found here.

According to data website YouGov, two in 10 Americans have taken a DNA test by mail and 27% report that a close family member has taken a test.

Of those people, 36% said they were surprised by some of the test results, with one in three finding out about relatives they didn’t know before.

A woman discovers a family secret thanks to a DNA test
After taking a DNA test, the woman discovered that the people who raised her were not her biological parents as she was switched at birth.
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In the post titled “TIFU using common sense to accidentally uncover a series of very dark and horrifying events that led me to have one less brother,” OP explained that the situation started a year ago when their mother and grandmother took DNA tests.

“The process, while very boring to me, intrigued my sister, who always wondered about her biological father,” the post read.

OP said that throughout their sister’s life, their mother admitted that there were two men who could be her father. OP’s sister decided to take a DNA test by mail from another brand due to an online offer.

“When the results came in, she was disappointed to find that no one in her direct patrilineal line had taken a similar test,” the post read. “As it was through another company, even my mother’s and grandmother’s results were not present in their dataset.”

OP’s mum began to reminisce about her sister’s birth, saying it was a ‘remarkable event’ as he broke the record for the number of babies born that day in the little hospital – all of whom were girls.

“She told us how a specialist had been brought in especially for the birth of my sister, as she was presumed to be dangerously small based on ultrasounds from the previous month,” the message read. “And yet she was born the second biggest baby in the hospital that day. ‘Show what they know!’ she says.”

Meanwhile, OP said they were looking at their sister’s and mother’s DNA datasets when they realized “something suspicious”.

“It’s normal for an offspring to sometimes have MORE areas represented than their parent, due to their other parent’s DNA, but my sister had LESS,” the post read.

When OP told the family about it, they said it was because the results were different because the tests were from two different companies.

Not trusting this, OP Googled the probability that a person has no marker for a specific genetic condition when their parent has one: “Google told me ‘zero probability’.

OP told his sister who logged back into the website to discover a newly listed paternal grandparent.

“We asked my mom if this person might have a connection to my sister’s two estranged fathers-to-be, and she was certain that was not the case,” the post read. “So we looked up the information on the individual listed and called. That’s when we learned of my sister’s real father AND my sister’s real mother. She had been traded at birth!”

OP’s sister found out that her biological father was a convicted rapist and her biological mother was one of his victims.

“She had taken my real biological sister home to the hospital that day and in her grief committed a murder-suicide,” the post read. “Needless to say, it was a shock to everyone. I’m stricken with grief and dismay…and of course the shock of seeing my real biological sister killed by infanticide is additional trauma.”

Nearly 600 users commented on the post, with many expressing shock and others sharing similar experiences.

“Your story just makes me wonder more and more how often these things happen and how many kids don’t actually live with their own parents,” one user commented.

“They almost gave me to another family too,” another user commented. “My last name is X and there was my mother whose last name is X and another woman who had the same last name.”

“Jesus Christ, that twist at the end. Of all the things I expected, this was NOT the one,” another commented.

Although it is impossible to calculate the total number of babies switched at birth each year in the United States, reports of individuals finding out that they were not raised by their biological parents still occur.

In September 2021, the Spanish health department announced that two women had been transferred to hospital nearly 20 years ago.

The discovery was made after one of the women took a DNA test which showed that she and her supposed parents did not share the same genetic profile.

In Russia, two mothers discovered their babies had been switched at birth nearly 38 years ago, and in July a couple from Tennessee said that shortly after giving birth to their child, a nurse came in in the room “freaked out” after she brought them the wrong baby. .

Newsweek contacted u/trustworthy_expert for comment.

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