BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has an out-of-wedlock child with a former employee turned into a tabloid frenzy Wednesday, as scores of reporters and photographers swarmed a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in California farm country amid unconfirmed reports it was the home of the child's mother.
The woman, Mildred Patricia Baena, was not at the Bakersfield home when the flash mob arrived, its satellite TV trucks filling her quiet street and spilling onto another one. The media descended after Baena's name surfaced in several Internet reports. Jackie Rozo, who identified herself as an adult daughter of Mildred Baena, said her mother had worked for Schwarzenegger until recently. Schwarzenegger's office declined to say whether Baena is the mother of the ex-governor's child.
A photo of a boy posted on Baena's Myspace page shows a fairly strong resemblance to Schwarzenegger, particularly when the actor-bodybuilder-politician was younger.
Charlene Powers, a real estate agent who represented the seller of the home, said she was told it was being purchased for an employee of Schwarzenegger, and that he was helping her with the down payment. She also said the family took out a Federal Housing Administration loan to purchase the home for $268,000, with a down payment of $219,224. Real estate records at the county assessor's office make no mention of Schwarzenegger's name.
The Los Angeles Times, which first reported Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a longtime employee, has not named the woman but has said she retired in January after working for the family for 20 years.