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Attorney launches website to help reunite women, children separated by adoption scheme

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - An attorney has launched a website to help reunite mothers and their children after a lawsuit was filed recently by a woman who was reunited with her 49-year-old daughter.

Zella Jackson Price, 76, was told her baby girl "Diane" died after birth in 1965 at the now-closed Homer G. Phillips Hospital in North St. Louis. After Jackson reunited with her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore, other mothers have now stepped forward to say they were told their babies died, but believe their children could have been stolen and sold to adoptive parents in a human-trafficking scheme.

All of the women are African-American, were poor and most were between the ages of 15 and 20. The women all gave birth between the 1950s and 1970s, were told by a nurse instead of a doctor that their baby had died, were not allowed to see their deceased babies, nor were any given a death certificate.

"What's become very apparent to me while we are looking into every single person who calls, and making inquiries to identify those who we think we might be able to help [is that] it's a daunting task and its a tremendously humbling one," said Attorney Al Watkins, whose goal in creating the website was to reunite mothers with their children.

Mothers or children who believe they may have been impacted by the scheme can visit the website for more information.
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