Tells cops bruises were from pat-a-cake game!

ASICKO in Washington State raped and murdered his own sister — and tried to blame her bruises on playing pata-cake at “full force,” authorities allege.

Responding to a call in Kitsap County, deputies say they found Michael A. Battersby, 51, performing CPR on his unresponsive sibling, Diana Schuler, at their shared home. Cops say Battersby claimed he’d found his 61-year-old sis submerged in water in the bathtub after returning from running errands, and investigators initially believed she’d died of natural causes.

But after searching her bedroom, investigators say they found an instant message Diana had sent to a pal still on her computer screen, which said her twisted brother had sexually assaulted her!

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office determined Diana was strangled and drowned, and found physical evidence of a sex attack.

Investigators claim Battersby told cops he’d been drinking with Diana and began playing the childhood clapping game pat-a-cake — but added they often missed each other’s hands, which was his excuse for the bruising on her body.

He also tried to excuse bruises by saying his sibling had downed too much booze and passed out, so he’d pulled her by the arms to her room, according to police. After being told Diana’s death was being investigated as a homicide, he then asked for a lawyer, investigators say, and clammed up!

Battersby is facing charges of domestic violence murder and domestic violence rape. He’s being held on $1 million bond.

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