Boy, 12, allegedly stabs sister to death and wounds mother

Hartford, Conn. (WTIC/WCCT) — A 12 year old boy was arraigned at CCMC this afternoon and charged with murder and first-degree assault in connection with the death of his sister and wounding of his mother.

He was charged with one count of Murder with Special Circumstances and one count of Assault in the First Degree. The juvenile was turned over to the custody of the Connecticut Judicial Marshals. The case remains under active investigation by the West Hartford Police Department.

Police said a young girl has died after being stabbed during a domestic situation on Stoner Drive Monday afternoon.

West Hartford police say they received a 911 call from 187 Stoner Drive from a woman saying she and her daughter had been stabbed by her son.

Police say when they arrived, they found the two victims and the suspect.

Police said the mother and daughter were rushed to St. Francis Hospital where the daughter was pronounced dead.

The Hartford Courant reports the suspect is 12 years old, and identifies the victim as his 12-year-old sister, Brigid Curtin. Their mother, who was injured, was identified by her employer to the Courant as Janemarie Murphy, a well-known lobbyist.

The juvenile son was taken into custody and brought to CCMC for minor injuries. The mother is currently in stable condition.

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor released the following statement on behalf of the Murphy-Curtin family:

Our family, friends, and community are all suffering tonight. We are all enduring a very painful and unimaginable loss. Our family will never be the same. Our daughter was a beautiful child and we will remember forever her smile…laughter…and remember her for the way she loved and lived. We thank you all for your condolences and prayers.

Please understand that this loss is not contained to our family. Our children attended West Hartford schools and have so many friends that are hurting tonight as well. West Hartford is a strong community.

We are comforted to know that we aren’t alone in our grief.

We ask that as we are suffering, please respect our privacy as well as that of our neighbors. Again, we collectively are issuing this statement tonight in the hopes that the media will respect our privacy in grieving and that you continue to pray for our family.

“This was all localized just to this house,” Capt. Michael Perruccio said, “there is no danger to the town there is no danger to the neighborhood.”

“We are broken-hearted to hear this tragic news,” West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor said, “I have been constant communication with the town manager, Police chief and superintendent of schools.”

“We are very grateful to our first responders for their professional and caring response,” Cantor said, “We will do everything we can to support the family, students, staff and the community through this extremely difficult time.”

West Hartford Public Schools sent out the following message:

“Earlier today we were informed by police of a tragic event occurring in the home of one of our families. In difficult times, we do all that we can to support our families, students and staff in dealing with crises. We will have mental health professionals available for students and staff at our schools both tomorrow and in the coming days. Please keep this family and their friends, and all of our children, in your thoughts and prayers.”

— Tom Moore, Superintendent of West Hartford Public Schools

State Representative Derek Slap, who represents West Hartford, told FOX 61 he’s grateful the school will have counselors. “Our heart goes out to the family and thinking of the entire community and the schoolchildren.”

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor released the following statement Tuesday morning:

“Today we are mourning the loss of a beautiful young lady and praying for the recovery of her mother. Our special community of West Hartford is in pain. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Let us give them the space, privacy, and time to grieve and heal. We will do all we can to provide support and help for the family, our students, teachers, neighbors, friends and the entire community. I have received many calls and texts asking how people can help. Thank you. Hug your loved ones and friends a little tighter. Be generous with your time and your heart. If you are moved to make a donation, please consider giving to organizations that have as their mission to help families in crisis including the Bridge Family Center, Town That Cares, as well as faith and community organizations. With a heavy heart, I wish our whole community peace and love.”

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