Young boys find out they are brothers after becoming friends

Isaac Noltin and Dakotah Zimmer 
By: Anika Rao 

Two young friends found out they were really brothers, according to press reports.

The two boys who were playing in a swimming pool last summer, observed that they looked incredibly similar and they even had the same type of walk.

Isaac Noltin, 12, and Dakotah Zimmer, 13, received the shock of their lives to discover that there was more than met the eye with their similar appearance. They were really biological brothers.

Dakotah told Isaac that he knew he had a brother who he had never met and who was adopted by a woman named Dawn. "That's the name of my mother,” Isaac explained.

Noltin’s mother, who works as a manager of a dry cleaning company, explained her story, saying that she struggled with the right time to tell her son that he was adopted.

Weeks before Dakotah and Isaac met, I had been asking friends and my pastor how to tell my child that he had a brother, but I knew it had to tell him before the kid started school.

Both kids attend the same school in Washington, Missouri, and will surely discover that they are brothers one way or another, Noltin said.

The night after Isaac and Dakotah met, Isaac went to his mother and asked her if he was adopted. When Noltin, 42, asked her son why he believed so, her son replied, "Because I think I found my brother."

The mother and son began to cry. "I was so glad I had a brother," Isaac said. "I had always asked for one."
Noltin had met Isaac's mother several years ago on her way to dinner with her former husband. A friend of Noltin’s former husband invited them to meet his girlfriend and their newborn son.

The 16-year-old mother, had just given birth to Isaac nine days earlier and also had a 1-year-old child, Dakotah.

Noltin had been a single mother, who had her own child at 19. She said that a maternal instinct kicked in and she offered to take care of the newborn.

Months passed, and Noltin received a call that Isaac's birth mother was pregnant again. The grandmother of the woman asked if Noltin wanted to legally adopt Isaac. Eighteen months later Isaac was legally adopted by Noltin.

The biological mother of Isaac and Dakotah died in 2007, and Isaac's biological father died a year later.

Dakotah and her older sister, Ashley, live with Isaac’s biological grandmother, Debi Bay. Bay said Dakotah always knew he had a brother. "I'm glad they got to know each other," she said.

Although the two were not aware of the other's existence for more than a decade, it seems as if they grew up together, Noltin said. "It's like they never parted," she observed.