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Father Allegedly Kills Children as Mother Listens on Phone

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

John David Battaglia, 45, was arrested a few hours after the two girls were killed Wednesday night. He was being held in jail Thursday in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Battaglia's divorce from his wife, Mary Jean Pearle, had been finalized in August, and he had limited visitation rights, police Lt. Bill Walsh said. He had picked up the girls Thursday night to take them out for dinner when their mother called him at his loft near downtown.

"She called him. They got into an argument on the phone. He put the oldest daughter on the phone, who was visibly upset," Walsh said. "She asked her mother, 'Why are you trying to have Daddy arrested and have him put in jail?'

"Before the mother could respond, she heard the girl screaming, 'No Daddy, no,' and then she heard several gunshots."

Pearle called police in Highland Park, where she lives, and they contacted Dallas police who immediately went to Battaglia's loft. They found the two girls - Liberty, 6, and Faith, 9 - dead inside the apartment with multiple gunshot wounds.

Battaglia fought with officers when he was arrested about 2 a.m. Thursday as he left a tattoo parlor only a few blocks from his loft to get some cigarettes from his car, Walsh said.

Fox News Channel reported Thursday evening that Battaglia had just had two roses tattooed on one arm and already had his daughters' names tattooed on the other arm.

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