Officials: Hannah Anderson’s Mom, Brother Were Tortured

SAN DIEGO — Hannah Anderson’s mother and brother were “tortured and killed” before the 16-year-old San Diego County teen was abducted from cheerleading practice, according to search warrants released Wednesday.

filephoto Hannah Anderson Amber Alert

File photo: Hannah Anderson

Authorities did not elaborate on how the torture was carried out, but the warrants reveal some gruesome details of what investigators discovered when they responded to a fire at suspect James Lee DiMaggio’s home.

Authorities found a crowbar near Christina Anderson’s body, with blood near her head. The body of Hannah’s brother, Ethan, was found burned. The family dog was found shot to death under a sleeping bag.

The warrants shed light on the Anderson family’s relationship with DiMaggio, a 40-year-old telecommunications technician, who the children called Uncle Jim. Hannah’s mom was described in one search warrant as DiMaggio’s “best friend’s wife.”

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