Paternity Battle over Smith's Daughter will Wait until March


NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Those involved in the three-way battle for custody of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter will now wait at least until next month for a resolution.

An attorney for Smith's estate says the judge presiding over the dispute in the Bahamas has scheduled a hearing for March. The battle involves Smith's companion, her estranged mother and an ex-boyfriend who claims he's the father.

Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, is trying to get guardianship from Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern, who is listed as the father on the birth certificate. An attorney for Smith's former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, says she expects D-N-A testing.

An attorney for Arthur says she has asked to see her granddaughter, who could inherit a fortune because of her late mother's marriage to an elderly multi-(m)-millionaire who later died. But the judge says Arthur needs permission from Stern.