Kidnapper of California teen Hannah Anderson may be her father

Rescued kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson (C), 16, is escorted into a local restaurant in Lakeside, California, August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The area in Idaho where Hannah Anderson was found. Credit: Reuters

The family of a man authorities say abducted a California girl after killing her mother and brother is claiming the kidnapper was the biological father of the two children, according to a news report.

James DiMaggio allegedly kidnapped Hannah Anderson, 16, and took her into the Idaho wilderness, where police rescued her after shooting and killing him earlier this month.

Family spokesman Andrew Spanswick told KGTV-TV in San Diego that they have requested DNA tests they believe will prove that DiMaggio, a close friend of the Anderson family, was the father of Hannah and her 8-year-old brother Ethan.

“We are requesting DNA samples from Hannah and anything they can get from Ethan,” Spanswick told the TV station Tuesday. “There are rumors that Jim was the children’s real father. … We think it’s strange he left them so much money with no explanation.”

On Monday, Spanswick said that DiMaggio left a $112,000 life insurance policy to Hannah’s grandmother, Bernice Anderson.

The body of Hannah’s mother, Christina Anderson, was found in DiMaggio’s burned-out garage on Aug. 4. San Diego’s medical examiner confirmed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Ethan’s badly burned body was found in another part of DiMaggio’s home, although authorities have yet to release a cause of death for the boy.

Spanswick said the money was intended for Hannah and Ethan, and that DiMaggio made their grandmother the beneficiary of his policy in 2011.

DiMaggio was a longtime friend of Christina and Brett Anderson and was the best man at their wedding. Authorities have yet to give any reason why DiMaggio would have killed Christina Anderson and her son, and kidnapped Hannah.

A spokeswoman for Spanswick on Wednesday said he declined to confirm for Reuters the comments he made to KGTV.

“He’s busy in meetings in New York,” spokeswoman Cathy Griffin told Reuters.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

Where to go drinking on National Tequila Day…

Thursday is just close enough to the end of the week to make you envision yourself already sunning on a beach towel or lounging by…

Going Out

Things to do in NYC this week: July…

Performing arts A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473 Party like it’s summer in the 1970s…

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…