As Eric Garner’s surviving relatives prepare to file a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the City of New York, the mother of Garner’s 1-year-old lovechild, Legacy, is speaking out. According to the New York Daily News, DNA testing recently proved Garner to be the biological father of Legacy.
“They knew she was his daughter but they didn’t want the public to know so they could keep up the image of the happily married husband and wife together which was the farthest thing from the truth,” Legacy’s mother, Jewel Miller, said Thursday. “I think it was a public relations thing.”
Miller, who claims that Garner lived with her for three years prior to his tragic death in July, spoke poorly of Garner’s wife, Esaw Garner.
“And Esaw is just money hungry,” Miller said.
According to legal experts, the recent development regarding paternity of Legacy will likely entitle the tot to the largest percentage of the impending wrongful death payout from the city because she has the longest life expectancy out of all of Garner’s surviving relatives.
“I know the truth. My kids know the truth,” Garner’s widow said of Miller and her daughter. “We know that’s her baby and fine, that’s what she’s entitled to.”
However, she adds that people shouldn’t expect them to move forward as one big happy family.
“As far as her being accepted into our family, that’ll never happen,” the widow said when asked about the baby.
Garner and his wife shared four biological children, whose ages range from 15 to 25. The family was recently offered a $5 million wrongful death settlement by the city, but the grieving widow rejected their offer, according to NYDN. Negotiations are expected to continue until Friday, which is when the statute of limitations regarding this suit will expire. As previously stated, if relatives are not satisfied with a settlement offer by then, they will file a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit. Garner died last July after a fatal encounter with NYPD officers, one of whom placed Garner in an illegal chokehold.