Hannah Anderson arrives at the Boll Weevil restaurant for a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for her family, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in Lakeside, Calif. The father of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl who was abducted by a longtime family friend and rescued during an FBI shootout in the Idaho wilderness says his daughter is spending time with family and friends and happy to be home. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Howard Lipin) NO SALES; COMMERCIAL INTERNET OUT
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The family of a U.S. man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother and younger brother has asked for paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children — a suggestion that the victims' family quickly rejected.
Andrew Spanswick, a spokesman for the family of James Lee DiMaggio, told KGTV that there are rumors that DiMaggio fathered both children, and that it was odd that the suspect named the girl's paternal grandmother as his life insurance beneficiary.
Spanswick is quoted saying the family wanted DNA samples from Hannah Anderson and, if possible, her brother to determine paternity.
"We think it's strange he left them so much money with no explanation," Spanswick said.
Spanswick later said through his publicist, Cathy Griffin, that he made the statements and didn't have anything to add.
Anderson family spokeswoman Stacy Hess said DiMaggio didn't meet the children's mother, Christina Anderson, until she was six months pregnant with Hannah.
Brett Anderson, the father of Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan, finds the suggestion that DiMaggio fathered the two children "disgusting," Hess said. She said the family had not yet received a DNA request directly from DiMaggio's family and declined further comment.
DiMaggio, 40, was like an uncle to the Anderson children. Investigators say he escaped with Hannah and killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson and her son, whose bodies were discovered after DiMaggio set fire to his home Aug. 4 in California.
DiMaggio was killed and Hannah was rescued Aug. 10 in a shootout with FBI agents in the Idaho wilderness.
Investigators used Brett Anderson's DNA to confirm the identity of Ethan Anderson, whose remains were found in the rubble of DiMaggio's burned home, Hess said.
Spanswick said Monday that DiMaggio named Hannah's grandmother, Bernice Anderson, as the sole beneficiary of his employer-issued life insurance policy, making her eligible to receive $112,000. He said he believed the money was intended for Hannah.
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