She also contacted local and national news outlets, but didn’t have any takers until one night she saw Angela Ganote on Indianapolis’ Fox59 News. “Her,” Ballard remembering thinking.
Angela Ganote’s Explosive Investigation
Ganote proved to be the right choice, because she immediately started to investigate the group’s concerns about Cline. A Fox59 report from May 2015 doesn’t name the doctor or any of the siblings, but details how DNA test results confirmed that an Indianapolis woman was one of at least eight half-siblings who had found each other using 23andMe, and that their mothers had all visited the same clinic.
Three of them told Fox59 that they had spoken to the doctor in question and he had told them that each donor was a med student and only allowed to donate for a total of three healthy pregnancies. The doctor had been unwilling to provide medical histories or any other information about the donors’ identifies, the siblings said.
Fox59 reported that, after the news outlet reached out to then-State Sen. Jim Merritt, someone from the state attorney general’s office finally contacted the siblings. Merritt, who retired in 2020, told Fox59 at the time that investigators were proceeding carefully because “there are a lot of issues at stake here. We don’t know how many lives are at stake here and that’s one of the problems.”