Alleged kidnapper’s family seeking DNA test from victims

Posted on: 12:59 pm, August 21, 2013, by

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Idaho (CNN)- Investigators are looking into a twist in the case involving Hannah Anderson and her alleged kidnapper, James DiMaggio.

DiMaggio’s family is requesting DNA samples from the 16-year-old to determine if he is the biological father of Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan.

“We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan, that we get a DNA sample,” family spokesman Andrew Spanswick told CNN affiliate KGTV. “There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children.”

In a statement from the Anderson family, they say the claims are unsubstantiated.

“Brett and Tina Anderson did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of Tina’s pregnancy with Hannah. Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson.”

DiMaggio is accused of killing Hannah’s mother and brother and burning his house down.

He then allegedly kidnapped Hannah and went on the run.

After a week, he was spotted in the Idaho wilderness and killed by an FBI agent.

The Anderson family spokesperson told CNN that DiMaggio left a life insurance policy from his job that named Hannah and Ethan’s grandmother as the beneficiary.