Kidnapping suspect’s family wants DNA test on Hannah Anderson

FILE - This combination of undated photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday Aug. 10, 2013 and started fielding hundreds of questions through a social media site. The 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of murdering her mother and 8-year-old brother says he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape and got what he deserved when he died in a shootout with authorities in the Idaho wilderness. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department )

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A spokesman for the family of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old Southern California girl and killing her mother and brother wants DNA samples to determine if the suspect fathered the children.

Andrew Spanswick told KGTV-TV in San Diego that there are rumors that James Lee DiMaggio fathered both children and that it’s odd that the suspect named their maternal grandmother as a life insurance beneficiary. A spokeswoman for Hannah Anderson’s family disputes the suggestion, saying DiMaggio didn’t meet Hannah’s mother until she was six months pregnant with her.

Anderson family spokeswoman Stacy Hess also says Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to confirm the identity of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, whose remains were found Aug. 4.

The DiMaggio family spokesman didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

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