Zella Jackson Price is reunited with her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore, who was taken from her at birth. (Photo: Google Images)
Zella Jackson Price is reunited with her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore, who was taken from her at birth. (Photo: Google Images)
Zella Jackson Price is reunited with her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore, who was stolen from her at birth.
(Photo: Google Images)

NBC News is reporting that twenty black women are at the center of what appears to be a baby stealing adoption scheme alleged to have been carried out by Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis between the 1950s and mid-1970s. The author reports:

“Nearly 20 women who were told their babies had died in a St. Louis hospital have contacted a lawyer after a woman was reunited with her daughter, 49 years after a nurse told her the child had died.Attorney Albert Watkins said the women reached out for him after Zella Jackson Price, 76, and her daughter, Melanie Diane Gilmore were reunited.

Watkins filed a petition Monday in St Louis Circuit Court, seeking access to court files and adoption records at the since-closed Homer G. Phillips Hospital, hoping to uncover any information ‘that would explain the genesis of Baby Diane.’ Many of the women told stories strikingly similar to Price’s experience and they fear that their babies had been taken.  Watkins said he believes the babies were indeed taken and sold to adoptive parents. He has asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to launch investigations.

An FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said that the agency is aware of allegations but refused to say whether the FBI has opened a human trafficking investigation.”

The women who have come forward, gave birth between the 1950s and mid-1970s.

Read more at NBC News.

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