Autopsy reveals how Hannah Anderson’s mother died

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SAN DIEGO – Authorities confirmed Monday that Christina Anderson, who was allegedly killed along with her 8-year-old son by a longtime family friend also suspected of abducting her 16-year-old daughter, died of a blunt force injury to her head.

Hannah-Anderson,-James-Lee-DiMaggioAnderson, 44, was declared dead shortly before 8:30 p.m. on August 4 in the burned-out home on Ross Avenue in Boulevard belonging to suspect James Lee DiMaggio, although the time she was killed was unknown, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and sheriff’s investigators.

A search warrant released Wednesday revealed that a crow bar possibly used in the killing was found by Anderson’s head, along with blood, after a fire captain found her body face-down under a tarp in the garage.

The badly burned body of a child, determined to be 8-year-old Ethan Anderson was later located inside the residence.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Authorities believe DiMaggio, 40, kidnapped Anderson’s daughter Hannah, killed the Lakeside mother, her son and their dog, and used incendiary devices to set fire to his log cabin-style home and detached garage.


11 comments

  • ron

    Th mom found out about her and the 40 yr old sleeping together nd threathened to call the police. He killed the mom and son and hannah went willingly with him away into the woods. Story closed. She wanted to be with him and thats what the letters and text messages were about. She's no fking kidnap victim!!

    • Seen It Before

      It's looking more like that every day; people will say he still should have known better, but I'm guessing she was a more than willing participant. All of her social media BEFORE the event indicates she was totally into getting as much sex as she could.

  • thechurchofchrismartin

    Dear Christina Anderson (in heaven):
    I am so sorry about what happened to you and your beautiful son. Ethan, out in Boulevard. I pray that you did not suffer much after being hit with the crow bar. Christina, did you happen to see who came at you with the crow bar? Was it Jim DiMaggio, after you told him that people were talking about the inappropriateness of his relationship with Hannah? (Other moms of teens who knew Hannah were whispering about his creepy man always with Hannah) Or perhaps it was Hannah herself, full of anger and rage–and miserable that you had house rules and attempted to assert your parental authority? You see, Christina Anderson, we here in San Diego will never find out the TRUTH about yours & your son's MURDER because we have a terrible Sheriff who lies, covers up the truth and clams up when he needs to hide his own incompetence. Many good people are hoping to have some light finally shed on the terrible deeds of that day and may those liable be held accountable, Sheriff Gore's efforts notwithstanding.

    • marc

      Dude aren't you the same racist loser that was talking shit about that Mexican lady for accidently killing her baby boy.

      • thechurchofchrismartin

        Dear Marc, it is not racist to apologize to the poor dead mother & brother of Hannah Anderson. If I am racist at all, it is against all the white trash that lives in the east county. One of that kind who happened to be a nasty teen tantalized poor, befuddled Uncle Jim and twisted him around her manicured little finger to kill her mom and brother….and family dog, who was defending them. Uncle Jim's reward: this Lakeside Lolita would run off to "The River" with him. She WAS NOT KIDNAPPED! SHE WAS NOT "A Victim," like our dopey Sheriff likes to say. She is a tramp who will now inherit $112,000 & not have to share it with her little brother! This Starbucks-slurping strumpet put one over on everybody, including the dimwit cops!

        • Sancho

          Hey it took you 5 weeks to respond to a commenter that's long gone. Kinda lame. You'll need more current exposure to be legit.

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