The family of a man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy, the boy’s mother and kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson wants DNA evidence from the children to prove he is their biological father, according to CNN and other media.
Suspect James DiMaggio, 40, killed 44-year-old mother Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson Aug. 3, police say. Their bodies were found inside his burning home near San Diego. DiMaggio then kidnapped Hannah and, after a weeklong search, was shot to death Aug. 10 by an FBI agent in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah is now living with her father.
DiMaggio’s sister, Lora, is making the DNA request.
“We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. … If they have anything left from Ethan … we [want] a DNA sample,” said family spokesperson Andrew Spanswick on San Diego’s KGTV.
DiMaggio was the longtime “best friend” of Brett Anderson, the wife and father of DiMaggio’s victims. DiMaggio reportedly had a crush on Hannah, once telling her he would like to date her if they were the same age, and listed Hannah’s grandmother as the beneficiary on his life insurance policy.
The Anderson family said it is not possible that DiMaggio is the biological father of Hannah or Ethan.
“Brett and [Christina] Anderson did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of [Christina's] pregnancy with Hannah. Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson,” the family said in a statement.