Kidnap Victim Hannah Anderson Goes Public for the First Time Since Her Ordeal (VIDEO)

Hannah AndersonKidnap victim Hannah Anderson has made her first public appearance since her horrific ordeal last week that left her mother and brother dead at the hands of long-time family friend James DiMaggio. She came out to a public fundraiser at the Lakeside Boll Weevil restaurant in San Diego where 20 percent of their sales were going to the Anderson family. She looked subdued and maybe even freaked out by all the media attention, which isn't surprising given how much people have been focused on her this week.

Anderson, 16, was kidnapped two weekends ago after DiMaggio, a man she called "Uncle Jimmy," killed her mother Christina and 8-year-old brother Ethan, then picked her up from cheerleading practice and drove into the woods where he hid out from the police for days. A pair of hikers spotted the "couple" and reported them, which ultimately saved Anderson's life. DiMaggio was killed during a gun fight with the police.

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The family's ordeal has been unimaginable and, according to her father, they have many large expenses as a result. But Hannah's behavior in the days since her rescue have caused some to begin to question things about her. This is largely taking place in the Internet comments sections of news outlets, so isn't exactly reliable or even sane in many cases, but it's happening.

Hannah or a person posing as Hannah spent a lot of time soon after her rescue on a social media site called She was answering questions and posting photos of the manicure she got in honor of her mom and Ethan and also of herself goofing around with friends.

Her family hasn't denied that it's her and family friends have confirmed that it was, leading many to assume that it's authentic. If it is, it's a bit ... odd. To be sure. But also, who are we to judge how a person behaves after something like this?

She may be so deeply in shock from all that has transpired and the new, sick details -- both her mother and brother were tortured by DiMaggio and her dog was shot -- that she may just be desperate for some sense of normalcy, which she is finding through social media, manicures, and time with her friends. She is 16, after all.

What happened to her was horrendous, hideous, beyond imagining. There is no road map for behavior when you survive something like this. It's just one foot in front of the other. We should be supporting her, not judging her.

Do you think people need to lay off Hannah in the comments sections?




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momma... momma_2013

Yes i do... this poor child has been threw enough

Coles... Coles_mom

My dad died when I was 16 (I realize nothing compared to poor Hannah), but when I was told, I just got up, walked out of the room and into my car- and drove to school where I found my friends and sat through class. Everyone thought it was weird, but at that moment I just needed normal and familiar. I went through with my role in the school play that night and sort of acted like nothing was wrong. I know I hurt my mom a lot in those first few days and weeks because she needed me and I just wouldn't acknowledge anything was wrong. Everyone grieves differently. I very much understand what this girl is thinking- or not allowing herself to think. Thank goodness social media didn't exist when I was a teenager.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I just read an article on CNN about how letters from Hannah were found in DiMaggio's home. As much as it pains me to say this (and as much as I will be excoriated for this), I am having an increasingly difficult time believing that Hannah was completely innocent in this whole ordeal.

nonmember avatar krelia

I'm with Fleur on this one. A lot of this seems like there is more to who Hannah is than we are lead to believe. Who would suspect the innocent white girl abducted? That could also be the best cover for her. I mean, the fact they exchanged 13! calls the day of the murder is weird enough...

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Granted, if Hannah were some how involved in this plot, she most certainly can't be blamed for it. Chances are DiMaggio had been praying on her and victimizing her since she was little. She may have been manipulated to the point where she didn't even know and was brainwashed.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

The comments section of ANY news article or blog seems to be home to a particularly vile breed of people who find joy in other people's pain and are apparently so perfect themselves that they are able to actively judge everyone else for how they live their lives. It's not just this particular case, although yes, I do feel like people need to back off this girl.

Leah Devlin

In this case I'm not really seeing this as people attacking her but rather having some suspicion about her. The same red flags came up for me when I read that there were letters from her, and the calls. It all just seems a little fishy if you ask me. Not any judgment, just calling out the obvious...

Lynn Dee Haar Ball

People should just leave Hannah and her family alone. The comments and judgements being made are completely inappropriate. Why anyone feels they have the right to make any negative comments or assumptions is beyond me. We were not there. We do not know these people. We did not go through this nightmare. Do not believe everything you hear in the media. They sensationalize and mis-report on a regular basis. Unless your life if perfect, beyond reproach, then I would not be placing any judgements on anyone.

Paws84 Paws84

I think she was in on the whole thing. I think she wanted her mother dead because she wanted to be with this dude, and I'm sure she argued with her mother about it. I don't feel sorry for her and I think she's probably just as guilty as the guy. I'm so tired of people feeling sorry for teenagers just because they're not 18 yet. Kids should be tried as adults.

Elaine Cox

she called him 13 times...why do you call someone you are "afraid" of 13 times

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