ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Accusations of stolen babies – mothers told their children were dead, only to find out dozens of years later they survived.
KMOX continues to follow this puzzling story that unfolded at the Homer G. Phillips Hospital in North St. Louis.
Attorney Albert Watkins says he can prove that Zella Jackson Price gave birth to her daughter, Baby Diane, at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, and not at City Hospital No. 1 as it is shown in the unsealed adoption records.
Price was 26 in 1965 when she gave birth to a girl born two-months premature at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. She was told her daughter had died, but she never saw a body or a death certificate.
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Price’s daughter ended up in foster care, only to resurface almost 50 years later. The two women reunited in April.
Watkins says the adoption records for Baby Diane include a birth certificate that shows she was born at then City Hospital – a facility mostly for Caucasians – although her mother gave birth to all her other children at Homer G. Phillips, which during much of its existence, was used by African-Americans.
“There should be medical records at City Hospital No. 1,” Watkins says. “But curiously, City Hospital No. 1’s records can’t be found, and the records from Homer G. can be found as it relates to Baby Diane.”
Watkins also believes the signatures by Price on many of the documents, including the birth certificate, are forged.
The entire file has been turned over to the Department of Justice.
The name of one nurse appears on many of the records involving other women, but Watkins says she is refusing to communicate with anyone.
Watkins says he finds it curious that the nurse lived on the same block as the foster parents of Price’s child.
Watkins plans to prove the unsealed adoption records are false with someone who was a Homer G. Phillips employee at the time, and who visited Price during her period of hospitalization.
The adoption records of Baby Diane, unsealed May 29, show that while she stayed in a school for the deaf in Fulton, Mo., her foster parents continued to be paid by the state.
Watkins has learned the only birth child of Baby Diane’s foster parents is alive and living in Costa Rica, but she also is not talking.
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