Baby DNA stored for DECADES in U.S. government labs

New Jersey police were found to obtain samples for a case without a warrant.
16 November 2023
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US-born baby DNA samples can be stored in a government lab indefinitely, allowing law enforcement access to blood for investigations into a child’s relative.

A 1996 cold case was solved last year after New Jersey police collected a baby’s DNA without a warrant to investigate the child’s father, grabbing the attention of some parents who are now suing state health officials over its storage practices.

Hannah Lovaglio, a resident of Cranbury and plaintiff, told 'This is a true parent right's issue. This is their body; this is their property taken from them from five years of being a minor, and the state is not required to give any justification.

New Jersey can store samples for up to 23 years, while others like California, Massachusetts and Maine are indefinite. 

- CyberBeat


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