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 the middle of California farm country amid unconfirmed reports it was the home of the child's mother.
The woman 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 the woman's name surfaced in several Internet reports.
Jackie Rozo, who identified herself as an adult daughter of the woman, said her mother had worked for Schwarzenegger until recently. She wouldn't elaborate.
Schwarzenegger's office declined to discuss whether the woman is the mother of the former governor's child.
A photo of the boy posted on the woman's Myspace page shows a fairly strong resemblance to Schwarzenegger, particularly when the actor-bodybuilder-politician was younger.
"If I saw him or his picture, I would see the resemblance," next-door neighbor Marilyn Steelman said. "But if I just saw him on the street, to say, 'Wow, Arnold's son?' No, I would not say that."
Residents of the street of fashionable, relatively new homes sporting red-tile roofs and two- and three-car garages said they didn't know if the woman's son was fathered by Schwarzenegger.
Steelman told The Associated Press that after moving into the neighborhood about a year ago, the family told her the woman worked for Schwarzenegger and was planning to retire soon.
Until about 2 1/2 months ago, Steelman said, the woman was rarely home except on weekends, and said she lived during the week in an apartment in the Los Angeles area, 100 miles to the south.
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.
Steelman said the woman, her husband and 13-year-old son have been fine neighbors.
She said the boy often walks his dog, a white poodle named Sugar, in the neighborhood or plays basketball or swims in his family's backyard pool.
"He's a wonderful kid. Such a nice young man. He's respectful of people and property, very courteous. He's very intelligent. He's just a kid you want to be around," she said.
The Los Angeles Times, which first reported Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a longtime family employee, has not named the woman but has said she retired in January after working for the former governor and his family for 20 years.
Schwarzenegger, who recently separated from his wife, Kennedy family heiress and former network journalist Maria Shriver, acknowledged Monday that he fathered a child with a former employee more than a decade ago.
He and his aides have declined to release her name or any details beyond a statement in which he apologized to his wife and four children with her and asked for privacy for his family.
Schwarzenegger has said Shriver didn't learn the child was his until he told her after leaving the governor's office in January.