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Lawyer finds new evidence to support Homer G. Phillips human trafficking claims

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Homer G. Phillips Hospital closed in 1979. The building is now home to senior apartments. Homer G. Phillips Hospital closed in 1979. The building is now home to senior apartments.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A lawyer who has been vocal in the case of children allegedly being sold from Homer G. Phillips Hospital found new evidence to support claims of a cover-up.

Earlier this month, Attorney Al Watkins launched a website to assist women and children who were potential victims of the adoption scheme.

Zella Jackson Price, 76, was told her baby girl "Diane" died after birth in 1965 at the now-closed hospital in North St. Louis. Jackson Price reunited with her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore, who they discovered was actually adopted without Jackson Price's permission or knowledge.

On Tuesday, Watkins went to court to get information from Jackson Price's adoption file, where he found information he believes to be false.

The file said Jackson Price gave birth at City Hospital, an all-white hospital. The file also stated that Jackson Price gave her daughter up for adoption five months later, which Watkins said is completely false.

"It claims that she went all the way to south St. Louis to the all-white hospital to deliver the baby, then five months later... she went all the way back to south St. Louis and left [the baby] at the all-white hospital," said Watkins.

In a similar case, Watkins is arranging DNA testing for another mother and child who believe they were victims of human trafficking.

Other women have stepped forward to say their baby may have been stolen. All are African-American, were poor and most were between the ages of 15 and 20 when they gave birth.

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.
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