Charlotte Cassadine has been at the center of quite a bit of drama ever since she was first introduced on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but with her complicated history, some fans may still be confused about exactly who she is and where she came from. And everything she’s gone through as a little girl explains her continuing bad behavior!
Charlotte first appeared in October of 2016 played by young actress Scarlett Fernandez, although she was first glimpsed in September when Claudette Beaulieu revealed to Nathan West that she had given birth to a daughter shortly after their relationship ended. However, there was still a chance that her other former lover, Dr. Griffin Monroe, could be the father of her little girl. After a DNA test revealed that Nathan was Charlotte’s father, he insisted on seeing his daughter, but Claudette was afraid to reveal the child’s whereabouts.
Pushed, Claudette admitted that she was trying to protect Charlotte from another of her exes, Valentin Cassadine. But it was eventually revealed that Valentin was actually Charlotte’s true father, and later, that Claudette had only carried the child as a surrogate. The egg had come from Lulu Spencer, making Lulu and Valentin Charlotte’s biological parents!
Charlotte bonded with Nina Reeves and was thrilled when the woman married Valentin and became her stepmother. Especially since Valentin had reported that Claudette had died (though later evidence proved otherwise). After Charlotte got upset because she was missing her mommy, Lulu confided to the girl that she was actually her real mother. This didn’t go over well, and just confused and upset Charlotte even more.
Valentin hired Nora Buchanan to sue for custody of Charlotte, and Lulu had Diane argue her side of the case. The judge ruled that Valentin would receive sole custody and Lulu would be given supervised visitation rights. Over time, Charlotte finally began to accept Lulu as her mother, but then Valentin nearly ruined everything when he tried to escape the long arm of the law and brought his daughter along as he went on the run!
With Valentin headed to prison, Dante and Lulu were granted temporary custody of Charlotte and she became a part of the family, getting to know her brother, Rocco, and grandma, Olivia. After Valentin was released from prison, he tried to make things right and reached an understanding with Lulu so they could share custody.
Charlotte was upset when Nina split up with Valentin and refused to take him back, but she assured the little girl she would remain a part of her life. All the family turmoil could help explain her behavior in school where she was verbally bullying her cousin, Aiden Spencer, and even being disrespectful towards adults. Lulu blamed her attitude on Nina’s influence, and it caused a lot of drama among Charlotte’s guardians. The girl did brighten back up when Valentin won Nina back and they planned to get married. She was also introduced to her “older sister” Sasha, not realizing that she was lying about being Nina’s daughter!
Spotting the presumed-dead Nikolas Cassadine lurking around Wyndemere, he lied that her father hired him to be her secret bodyguard and she later tried to prove his existence to a skeptical Rocco by jumping into the water at the docks. When her “bodyguard” didn’t show and Dustin rescued her from the water, Charlotte was treated at the hospital and the incident sparked another argument about custody between Lulu and Valentin. Insisting she didn’t have an imaginary friend, Charlotte showed Laura a photo of her bodyguard, who happened to be her son, who was supposed to be dead!
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