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James DiMaggio’s Family Seeks DNA Samples For Hannah Anderson And Her Brother Ethan

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The family of James DiMaggio's 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.

According to CNN, a spokesman for the DiMaggio family said the family wants to know if he was Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan's biological father.

"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," Andrew Spanswick told CNN affiliate KGTV. "There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children."

A representative for the Anderson family appeared to shoot down the theory.

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"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," the family statement said.

Newser also reports that details have come out that DiMaggio was on the road with Hannah for around 20 hours before his home, where the bodies of Ethan and his mother were discovered, caught fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman says DiMaggio and Anderson were captured on a Border Patrol camera at a westbound checkpoint just after midnight on August 4, and the house fire wasn't reported until 8 pm that day.

 Officials stress that the teen was a "victim in every sense of the word" and was "not a willing participant." The "investigation is winding down, and we hope that the attention does as well," the spokeswoman says. "Because we hope that Hannah and her family can begin this arduous process of grieving and learning how to deal with the new normal that they have."

Sources: CNN, Newser