Johnathon Young's mum tells of 'agonising' wait for paternity results
THE mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan says the wait for DNA test results to show if he fathered a toddler who calls her "Nana" is agonising.
Private Johnathon Young, 18, was killed after stepping on a Taliban bomb in August 2009.
In August this year, Amy Collins, 20, revealed she had a fling with the soldier shortly before he flew to the warzone.
She claimed her son, Layton, now aged 2, was fathered by Private Young.
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A DNA test was carried out but, almost three months on, Private Young's mother Angie Fox still has not had the results.
She said: "It's horrible – agonising. I just want to know.
"Amy has been in touch with her solicitors who is organising it all, but the results, I'm told, have still not come back.
"It's hard, especially as people keep coming up to me asking if I have heard anything."
Angie, of Orchard Park, north Hull, paid for a DNA test privately when Layton, who lives with his mum in Doncaster, was four weeks old.
"That result came back within 14 days so we have no idea why this one is taking so long," she said. "It's getting quite embarrassing for everyone."
The results of that first test came back "inconclusive" as the DNA had been taken from Angie and Carl – Johnathon's brother.
Angie and Amy then faced a lengthy battle with the Army to release a toothbrush and razor used by Private Young in Afghanistan.
Angie said: "We had a note back from the solicitors saying DNA had been successfully extracted from the toothbrush and razor.
"This second DNA test is being organised by Amy and her solicitors."
Angie said she hoped the result would come in time for Christmas.
"I don't know how I am going to feel if the result came back negative," she said. "I wouldn't stop seeing Layton."
Angie revealed previously how Layton calls her "Nana".
"When Amy told me about him, when he was born, I was shocked," she said.
"But I knew I had to face it.
"Straightaway, as soon as I saw him, I felt a real bond with him and it has grown over the past two years."
Private Young, of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan on August 2, 2009.
He was killed 18 days later, on the day of the first Afghan elections, after volunteering to lead a patrol sent to clear an alleyway of bombs.
Amy's baby scan in late October showed she was 15 weeks pregnant and she says she immediately realised who the father was.
In August this year, she told the Mail: "I knew straightaway it was his baby.
"I know Johnathon would be so proud of Layton."