Following reports that suspected kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio left his life insurance policy to the grandmother of abducted teen Hannah Anderson, the suspect’s family is making claims that he may be the biological father of the 16-year-old and her late brother.
According to a report from CNN, the 40-year-old’s family has requested DNA samples from Anderson, a California teen whom he is accused of kidnapping in August, and her deceased 8-year-old brother, Ethan, who was allegedly killed by DiMaggio prior to the abduction. “There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children,” said family spokesman Andrew Spanswick. “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.”
Spanswick confirmed that DiMaggio’s sole surviving relative, his sister Lora Robinson, is the family member requesting to find paternity of the minors. Her request comes one day after the Associated Press reported that Anderson’s grandmother, Bernice Anderson, was named the beneficiary of DiMaggio’s employee-earned life insurance policy, totaling an estimated $112,000.
A spokesperson for the Anderson family said there is no merit to the recent accusations from the DiMaggio family. “Brett and Tina Anderson did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of Tina's pregnancy with Hannah” a representative claimed, also stating that the DNA from the children’s father, Brett Anderson, was used to confirm the deceased remains of Ethan.
Hannah Anderson was brought to safety Aug. 10 after FBI agents shot and killed DiMaggio in Idaho, a man previously referred to a “Uncle Jim” by the teen’s family. DiMaggio is also accused of killing Anderson’s mother and younger brother prior to the abduction.