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Bahamian court to begin inquest into Anna Nicole Smith's son's death

UPI News Service, 01/17/2007 

A Bahamian court will begin an inquest into the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, in March, the chief magistrate said.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Daniel's death that we want to clear up," Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez told People magazine. Gomez said he based his decision on Royal Bahamas Police reports.

During the inquest, a magistrate will investigate aspects surrounding the son's death at Doctors Hospital in Nassau last September. Smith, 20, was visiting his mother after she gave birth to his half-sister.

During a second autopsy, Cyril Wecht, a U.S. pathologist hired by his mother, found amounts of Methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro in his body.

Smith's lawyer, Wayne R. Munroe, said he didn't think an inquest was needed, but that he hadn't discussed the matter with his client.

"Her position is to comply with the law," Munroe said.

Smith also faces a legal challenge regarding her daughter's paternity. Howard K. Stern was listed as the father on the Bahamian birth certificate. However, Smith's former boyfriend, photographer Larry Birkhead, claimed in suits filed in the Bahamas and California he fathered the child.

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