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7:42 AM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
San Diego Sheriff's Department photo shows Hannah Anderson and James Lee DiMaggio. Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and started fielding questions through a social media site. (AP)
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Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

The family of kidnapping and murder suspect James Dimaggio want paternity tests conducted to see if he is the father of the teenage girl he abducted and her slain 8-year-old brother, according to a San Diego TV station.

DiMaggio, 40, was killed by FBI agents at an wilderness campsite in Idaho on Aug. 10, six days after he abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson near San Diego.

Police say DiMaggio, a longtime family friend, is suspected of tying up Hannah's 44-year-old mother Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan, at his home near San Diego then setting fire to it with a delayed incendiary device.

Their bodies were found in the burning house, setting off the search along the West Coast for DiMaggio and his kidnap victim.

The children's father, Brett Anderson, lives in Tennessee.

In an unexpected twist in the story, DiMaggio left behind a $112,000 life insurance policy in the care of Hannah's grandmother, Bernice Anderson.

Andrew Spanswick, a spokesman for DiMaggio's family, tells KGTV that he had expected the grandmother to take care of the two Anderson children with the money.

"He stated he did not want it to go to their parents because they were having marital problems and he didn't trust them with the money on their own," Spanswick tells KGTV.

According to Spanswick, the DiMaggio family is not challenging the insurance policy, but do want paternity tests to find out if DiMaggio is Hannah and Ethan's father.

"We are requesting DNA samples from Hannah and anything they can get from Ethan," he tells the San Diego TV station."There are rumors Jim was the children's real father. The parents didn't marry until 2002. We think it's strange he left them so much money with no explanation."

He also says that Hannah's behavior since the ordeal, including some online posts, are raising suspicion, but he did not elaborate.

Only two days after her release, Hannah answered questions on the website ask.fm before her account was disabled.

Asked why she thought DiMaggio did it, the 16-year-old replies: "Because he's a psycho." She said he got what he deserved.

At one point, Hannah acknowledged that DiMaggio hadtold her he had a crush on her, but that it was "more of a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me."

She says she didn't tell her parents because DiMaggio was his father's best friend "and I didn't want to ruin anything between them.


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