Autopsy report shows Christina Anderson struck in head multiple times
Cause of Ethan Anderson's death undetermined
Last Updated: 72 days ago
SAN DIEGO - An autopsy report says a woman found in a family friend's burning home in the Boulevard area after the friend fled with her daughter died from at least a dozen blows to the head.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office says in the report released Monday that 44-year-old Christina Anderson had duct tape around her neck and mouth, and her ankles were tied with plastic. She also had cuts in her neck that were likely inflicted after she died.
"It's striking that the rage he had against the mother is just unrestrained rage, and the plan was clear," said clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell.
There is a section of the findings that notes Anderson's bra had been cut, but the investigators do not elaborate. There was no other indication to anything sexual in the report.
"That could have been control," said Mantell. "That could have been demonstrating his dominance. It sounds a lot like that."
The burned remains of Anderson's 8-year-old son, Ethan, were found in the rubble of the home. The cause of his death is undetermined.
The report also stated that no soot was found in his lungs, possibly meaning that he was already dead when the fire started, which is a theory that investigators have subscribed to from the beginning.
The family friend, James DiMaggio, was killed Aug. 10 in a shootout with the FBI in the Idaho wilderness. Anderson's 16-year-old daughter, Hannah Anderson, was rescued.
Christina Anderson autopsy report: http://bit.ly/19yNyJ2
Ethan Anderson autopsy report: http://bit.ly/15nKOCG
NOTE: Due to the graphic nature, a page in the Ethan Anderson report containing photos of charred remains were removed from the document.
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