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Dawson Faces Another Child-Support Suit

June 18, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Florida Marlins outfielder Andre Dawson, who won a child-support case last fall, now faces a similar suit involving another child.

Sandra Kilgore, a USAir flight attendant, seeks increased child support for 6-year-old John Christian Kilgore Dawson.

Dawson, 41, also pays more than $1,000 a month in child support to Jackie Phillips, a Delta Air Lines reservationist from Irving, Texas, for their 7-year-old daughter, Crystal. A Texas judge last year denied Phillips’ request for additional money.

Dawson and his wife of 17 years, Vanessa, have two children: Darius, 6, and Amber, 5.

Dawson, who ranks ninth in National League history with 408 home runs, pays Kilgore $1,000 a month. She wants that amount increased, retroactive to their son’s birth, and wants life and health insurance for the child, saying Dawson can afford it.

Dawson’s salary with the Marlins this season is $500,000.

``The issue is not Mr. Dawson or Ms. Kilgore,″ said her attorney, Marilyn Colon. ``The issue is the child and what is in the child’s best interest. The child has as much right to share in the good fortune of Mr. Dawson as the two children by his marriage.″

Maurice Kutner, attorney for Dawson, said Kilgore has indicated she wants $650,000 to build a house in Atlanta.

``Andre said, `I’m willing to do more for this child, but that’s an unreasonable number,‴ Kutner said. He said Dawson’s relationship with Kilgore is now nonexistent.

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