Renee Wheeler once had an affair with Caleb Nichol which led to her having a child, Lindsay Gardner. Caleb continues to pay her money and the DA misunderstand that, thinking that Caleb is bribing Renee for a building permit, for which Caleb is arrested. Sandy figures out that the reason Caleb pays Renee is that she is the mother of this illegitimate child. Caleb admits to having had an affair so he will be released from prison but the news angers his daughter, Kirsten Cohen. Renee later returns, asking Ryan to help her stop Caleb from adopting Lindsay as Caleb wants a paternity test and Renee isn't sure if Caleb really is Lindsay's father. The test results confirm Caleb's paternity but ultimately her daughter decides that she doesn't want Caleb to adopt her because of how he treats her, so she and Lindsay leave Newport for Chicago.