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Coroner: Child killer’s son hangs himself in state prison

January 23, 2019
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FILE - This Nov., 7, 2018 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Curtis Dean Anderson Jr. The Sacramento County coroner's office said Anderson Jr., 32, who was serving a 16-year voluntary manslaughter sentence, hanged himself Monday, Jan. 23, 2019, in California State Prison- Sacramento. He was the son of notorious child killer Curtis Dean Anderson Sr., who kidnaped and murdered a 7-year-old girl in Vallejo in 1999. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the son of a notorious child killer hanged himself in a California prison at age 32.

The Sacramento County coroner’s office said Wednesday that Curtis Dean Anderson Jr. died by suicide Monday in California State Prison-Sacramento.

He was the son of Curtis Dean Anderson Sr., who kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild in Vallejo in 1999. He was arrested the following year after kidnapping 8-year-old Midsi Sanchez, who escaped after two days. He was suspected in at least one additional child abduction.

His son was serving a 16-year voluntary manslaughter sentence for killing 31-year-old Vance Fisher in 2005. Anderson Jr. was sentenced to another nearly three years last fall for threatening a correctional officer.

His father died from medical complications in 2007 at age 46 while serving a life sentence.

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