August 21st, 2013
02:24 AM ET

DiMaggio family requests Hannah Anderson DNA

James DiMaggio's family is requesting DNA samples from the family of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl he's accused of kidnapping and whose mother and brother were found dead in his burned home.

The reason? They want to know if he was the biological father of the children, Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan, the family spokesman said.

"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."


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  1. Rascal Rabble

    the arrogance of the dimaggio family...why not a spokeperson apology...out of respect for the dead, the grieving husband, and the one surviving child...that is a question they don't deserve to asked and should never ever be answered....

    August 21, 2013 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Drew

    You may be correct that it's in terrible taste for these people to ask, but it is a question that should be answered.. Find out the whole truth, for goodness sakes..

    August 21, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      they are trying to compensate for their embarassment and vindicate a deadman's rage...let the deadman's family wonder to their graves...hannah is an anderson legally...that's all folks...move along!

      August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    They should give a swab and then either shut the DiMaggio family up or maybe have a reason for his murders. At least the Anderson family would have some answers.

    August 21, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. smr413

    "...if they have anything left from Ethan..." Geez. I'm touched by their concern. NOT.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      seriously, reading that was like, "really?? whats left of him??" sad.

      August 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank Izaguirre

    I think in return the Anderson family should request a brain matter and heart sample from the DiMaggio family...just to verify that they actually have them.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Sheesh! If they didn't wanta know before now then they don't deserve to know now! If i were Hannah i would refuse!

    August 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    This is disgusting. That family has no right to ask anything of the family that man helped decimate. My answer would be to K M A.

    August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    This is just shabby.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Gees @ mudpgiblog, aren't you worn out yet???

    August 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ronvan

    AND TO WHAT END? IF, "D" turned out to be the father it would make him even more of a POS! By their actions the family members are showing no signs of decency, human compassion, etc.. Maybe it runs in the family

    August 22, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lt. Colombo

    You may feel the request is in poor taste, but that is because you have already convinced yourself of DiMaggio's guilt. You've closed the case in your mind, and you want it to remain closed.

    The DNA request is a basic step for determining paternity, which is an essential component of conducting a comprehensive investigation into the killing of Christina and Ethan Anderson.

    The San Diego County Sheriff should have already made all efforts to determine paternity. If they haven't, then it reflects poorly on the professionalism of Sheriff Bill D. Gore's detectives. Meanwhile, the job needs to get done, and at least someone is trying to do it.

    August 22, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      No. The investigators are not requesting this, DiMaggio's family is. Your post is nonsense. It is a brutal invasion of privacy on their part, and it is wholly unfounded.

      August 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |