Fertility Clinic Investigates Sperm Mix-Up

SALT LAKE CITY (January 13, 2014) The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon who was working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

The mother of the girl, Pamela Branum, told Utah news organizations that a genetic mismatch was discovered in her daughter, whose lineage was traced to the now-dead fertility clinic worker with help from the convict's relatives.

Branum told CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City that she came forward because she believes that the late convict, Thomas Ray Lippert, made victims of other couples who went to the clinic, which was operated by faculty members.

The University of Utah says there is "credible" evidence of semen tampering or mislabeling and announced it was opening a hotline and offering paternity testing to anyone who used the clinic between 1988 and 1993.


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