The daughters of Douglas Ball Jr., the Michigan man convicted of murdering his wife by smashing her head with a hammer 14 times, spoke to People magazine about the heartbreaking loss of their stepmother at the hands of their father.
“It’s really hard. Lydia was like another mother to my sister and I. She always was there for us,” said daughter Alexys Hendrickson, 15. “Knowing that he did something like that breaks my heart. I never ever thought this would happen, ever.”
“She took care of us and bought us stuff we needed. She wasn’t just my stepmom,” Kaitlyn Hendrickson, 18, said. “She was my best friend. I went to her for advice or just to talk. She was a great mother and friend.”
Their father, 39, was found guilty of first-degree murder and torture charges in the death of Lydia Ball, 39, for which he faces a life sentence in prison. Investigators did not establish a motive for the death.
Ball was found dead in the basement of the couple’s home on Aug. 20, 2016.
“I was relieved it wasn’t someone else and they had to keep looking, but I’m upset that it’s my dad,” Alexys said. “I feel better knowing he will be in jail for life, I don’t want anything to do with him anymore. Lydia was our second mom, and he took her from us.”
Ball’s daughters said he had no history of domestic violence before the attack.
“That’s why we are all surprised,” Alexys said. “He never really got mad over anything. I’ve never ever seen him hit anyone, never got mad and hit or anything.”
Lydia Ball had a 5-year-old son by Douglas, Douglas III, who his sisters say is living with his grandfather.
“I hate him for killing her and for what he did to my brother and sister,” Kaitlyn said. “I miss Lydia every single day.”
[Image of Kaitlyn Hendrickson (L) and Lydia Ball: Facebook]