INDIANAPOLIS - As word of an Eyewitness News investigation spreads through Holliday Park, parents admit they are surprised.
"You're kidding, right? I had no idea," said Ramon Moore, playing catch with his 7-year-old son, Xavier.
"I didn't know that at all," agreed Holly Ruth, holding her 3-month old son, Lincoln.
"Nobody ever told me," echoed Mallory Ervin, chasing her 4-year-old son, Theo, on the playground.
Lincoln, Theo and millions of other Indiana children all have something
in common: the state of Indiana is storing their blood and DNA in an
undisclosed state warehouse.
"I'm curious why they didn't share
that," said Ervin. "It now makes me think ‘what are they hiding?' As a
parent, I'd absolutely like to know."
13 Investigates has
discovered the Indiana State Department of Health is holding the blood
samples of more than 2.25 million Hoosier children – without their
parents' permission. If your children were born in Indiana since 1991,
chances are their blood and DNA is among the state's massive collection.
Following WTHR's investigation, state health officials are now
seeking input on what to do with the blood samples after admitting they
don't have the consent needed to use them for anything.
How Indiana got your kids' DNA
like most other states, conducts a newborn screening test on every baby
born within its borders. As required by state law, a nurse or midwife
takes a few drops of blood from the heel of each newborn. (There is a
limited exemption for families citing religious objections.)
The blood is collected on a special card and sent to the state's Newborn Screening Lab