Dark Secret Revealed: Woman Unknowingly Married Father

It was a dark secret than nobody shared with Valerie Spruill while her husband was alive. For years after his death, she heard bits of the story. None of it made sense, until her uncle finally told her what no one else had: She had unknowingly married the father she never knew.

Spruill, 60, of Doylestown, Ohio, went public with her story this month, first published in the Akron Beacon Journal, with the hopes that it would help others facing what seem like insurmountable problems. Spruill said she has been grappling with this bizarre incident since she first learned the truth in 2004, six years after her husband Percy Spruill died.

She confirmed that her husband was indeed her father through a DNA test, hair taken from one of his brushes. The aftermath of the secret was devastating emotionally — and physically, Spruill suffered two strokes and was diagnosed with diabetes.

Spruill met and married her husband-father in Akron and settled in Doylestown, a working class suburb of about 2,300. She initially struggled with anger, with hating Spruill for what happened. But therapy taught her what happened wasn’t her fault. Her faith taught her to forgive.

By all accounts, Spruill’s mother got pregnant as a teenager while dating her then 15-year-old father. She was 3-months-old when she was sent to live with her grandmother and grandfather, who she initially believed as she grew up was her father. But nobody, she said, talked about her real father. There’s nobody left to give her the answers about her husband-father.

In recent days, shortly before the news broke, she also told her three children and eight grandchildren about the news and was surprised that they handled it better than she did. “I thank God that he gave me a chance to live through all of this,” she said. “It is nothing short of a miracle that I’m still here. I want people to know that they can survive something like this.”

Do you know someone who has experienced a similar thing? How can these happenings be prevented? Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic!

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Nurse Who Abducted Baby Lied To Fiance About Giving Birth

Verna McClain told her fiance she had given birth to their child. But after she suffered a miscarriage, authorities said, she went looking for another baby to present to him. Now she’s accused of killing a young mother to take one by force.

Investigators say McClain waited outside a pediatrician’s office north of Houston and shot Kala Golden before taking her tiny newborn son, who was only 3 days old. Little Keegan Golden was found unharmed hours later with McClain’s sister — who was told that her sister planned to adopt the boy. He is back with family members.

McClain is charged with capital murder and was being held Wednesday without bond. Authorities say she admitted attacking the woman Tuesday and stealing her baby from his mother’s pickup truck. McClain, 30, who listed a Houston address, was separated from her husband, with whom she had raised three children.

McClain had told her fiance she had given birth to their child. Instead, McClain had miscarried, said Capt. Bruce Zenor of the Montgomery County sheriff’s office. Her fiancé, who was not identified Wednesday, is being interviewed by authorities.

McClain’s children are with a family member in the county, authorities said. Investigators said McClain’s statements included information only the shooter would know and indicated Tuesday’s attack was part of a wider plan to kidnap any child. Golden was simply a convenient target, authorities said. McClain’s children are with a family member in the county, authorities said.

Kala Golden died protecting her baby from McClain. How about you — what are you willing to do to protect your child? Tell us your thoughts!

Source: Yahoo News

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