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Continued: Portrait of Michael Jackson as doting father, kids' devotion emerges during trial

  • Article by: ANTHONY MCCARTNEY , AP Entertainment Writer
  • Last update: June 22, 2013 - 5:34 PM

When it came time for a science project, Paris settled on studying snails.

She enlisted Chase to help her find snails in the mansion's backyard. The pair carried large flashlights and found several of the slimy creatures and prepared to bring them inside.

Jackson was waiting for them.

"At this point, I knew I was going to get fired," Chase recalled.

The singer looked at the snails and had a different reaction — he helped make them a home.

The snails ended up in jars made cozier by moss in the bottom and tiny cocktail umbrellas. They lived on the kitchen counter, not far from other reminders of the children.

Blanket's colorings hung on the refrigerator.

On a chalkboard where Chase would write out menus, Paris scrawled a message that remained on the board the day her father died.

"I love daddy," the 11-year-old wrote. "Smile, it's free."

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