A private company from Madrid is today, Thursday, taking DNA samples from families in Sevilla who believe they could have been affected by the theft of babies from hospitals in the province during the period 1960 to 1980.
The samples will be stored for eventual cross-matching as and when any cases go to court.
There are about twenty families in Sevilla who have so far expressed concern that their newborn babies could have been stolen during the period 1960 to 1980. Nationwide it is thought that as many as 300,000 babies were stolen under the Franco regime.
The current investigations in Sevilla relate to baby thefts from the Hospital Virgen del Rocío (formerly the Hospital García Morato), Hospital Virgen Macarena and the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas (now the home of the Andalucian Parliament).
The DNA samples are being taken from families from Dos Hermanas, Huévar del Aljarafe, Lora del Río, Alcalá de Guadaíra, La Rinconada, El Viso del Alcor, Montellano and Utrera.