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Dad spends Father's Day alone, with hopes to meet his son

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It should be a day of celebration; a day to honor and spend time with the special man that gave you life. But for one father, he spends the holiday alone, hoping for the day he will be introduced to the son he never got to meet.

“It’s one of the very first pictures I saw of him, and what's so significant about this picture is he's holding up his left hand and I'm a lefty so, as soon as I saw that picture, my heart lit up," he said.

It's been two years, one month, and 22 days since Greg Johns found out he had a son.

"No matter what type of day you're having, seeing a smile from your child, even though it's just a picture, definitely helps," he adds.

That's 783 days to think about how he may have raised his son, what his first word may have been, or what his first steps looked like.

“I think the thing that keeps me going is that feeling of when the first time I’ll hold my son, and that taste you get, the first time I’ll ever have an interaction with my son,” he said. “I think about it every day."

In April 2011, Johns found out through a mutual friend that a he had a 6-month-old son his ex-girlfriend had put up for adoption. Since then, he has spent countless hours and more than $100,000 fighting for custody of his son.

"I got a DNA test. The DNA test proved it was my son. I never signed over my rights and I never will,” he said.

Johns went to court to battle for custody but was shocked to find out that he did not win his case.

“Here I am in court, a father,” he said. “It's human nature to have a son, and have custody."

He is currently working with the court of appeals to get his case overturned.

"At the end of the day my blood runs through him. It's my son and I want to be a father. I want my son."

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I dunno I mean we don't really know the specifics for example my sons father beat me so when I found out I was pregnant I left him to protect my baby. That was six years ago. I think about him on fathers day and thank god that he didn't get to hurt my baby. I worry about him coming for my baby every day. He hasn't yet but that doesn't mean he won't. If this guy did the same thing then I can't blame the woman or call her a sociopath. I'm most certainly not a sociopath but that doesn't mean I wouldn't go to extraordinary lengths to protect my child.

Greg, there are some SORRY women out there!

For a woman to do this to a man, it should be considered criminal. On the other side of the coin are the women that accuse men of being the father that really aren't. They drag them through the knothole of the courts, get the child-support and don't even have the real father identified. This sort of behavior is "Jerry Springer" material and acridly displays the mentality of low-class, uneducated, desperate women that will use a man to her advantage until the last minute of discovery. The sad thing is: There isn't a damned thing you can do about it!

Greg, this is a hard lesson learned, but hopefully it will teach you to go through the trouble to find out what a woman is really about BEFORE you decide to get intimate with her. And even then, go to the "Nth" degree on your part to prevent an unwanted pregnancy!

There are people out there that will literally destroy your life in a matter of minutes for their own benefit and walk away smiling about it. These people are known as SOCIOPATHS! Don't let another one near you if you can possibly avoid it!

You have hit the nail on the

You have hit the nail on the head in a lot of your comment here. But there is a damn thing he can do, he is doing it and moving forward. As for the woman who sired the child she is just as you describe if not worse. AND the thought was that there was protection. Greg is NOT slack in anything he does. He is very aware and has never been one to take chances. He is a hard working young man who comes from a great family. Do not be critical of Greg. He has been living in hell for over two years now. I hope and pray he gets this child. If he doesn't the legal system is corrupt.

G-O'Matic... This man's

G-O'Matic... This man's story was featured here for some time. There are some issues about the baby's birth certificate and changes to it, specifically deleting the father's name and identity. I suspect that part of the problem lies in criminal behavior by the adoption agency that brokered this baby to his "new" parents.

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CORRECT!!! There were names scratched out and different names put in.