A 12-year-old Connecticut boy stands accused of stabbing his own twin sister to death last month. His mother was also injured in the alleged knife attack.
The incident unfolded on December 17 at about 3:30 p.m. at the family’s home on Stoner Drive in West Hartford, the Hartford Courant reported, citing authorities. The unidentified boy allegedly stabbed his sister, identified as Brigid Curtin, before also slashing his mother, Jane Murphy, with a knife, officials said. Murphy managed to 911 despite the injuries she sustained.
When emergency responders arrived, Brigid was taken to a local hospital, where life-saving measures were taken. However, the girl died “of stab wounds to the neck and torso,” authorities said.
Murphy survived the alleged attack.
“Jane has been moved out of the intensive care unit and it is expected that she will be moved to a rehabilitation facility shortly where she will begin the long and difficult process of healing,” a spokesman for the family, Chuck Coursey, reportedly stated.
“The family asks for continued privacy and prayers.”
The suspect was also injured during the assault, but later released from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, according to the newspaper. He was reportedly arraigned from his hospital bed on murder and assault charges.
The twins’ mother is reportedly “a well-known lobbyist at the state Capitol.”
“We are devastated by the horrific tragedy affecting our friend and colleague Jane Murphy,” a statement obtained by the Courant from Murphy’s employer, Murtha Cullina LLP, reportedly stated.
“Jane has been a valued member of the Government Affairs Group of Murtha Cullina LLP for over 24 years. We are doing all we can to support Jane and her family, and ask everyone to please respect their privacy during this extraordinarily difficult time.”
Due to Connecticut laws involving youth, the boy is expected to spend little, if any, time behind bars.
“The maximum punishment for a person 14 or younger would be a maximum of 30 months of probation supervision with or without residential placement, minus any time spent in pretrial detention,” Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor told the newspaper.
Lawlor added that only “certain serious” cases for adolescent offenders aged “15 or older can have their cases transferred to adult court.”
An obituary for Brigid depicted an intelligent 7th grader who “was an honor student and multiple recipient of the ‘Student-of-the-Month’ award.”
“Brigid worked hard to earn these awards and spent many nights studying after dinner to earn extra credit,” the obit stated.
The suspect is reportedly being held at a juvenile detention center. A motive in the purported slaying wasn’t revealed at the time of reporting.
A funeral for Brigid was held on Saturday at St. Anthony Church in Hartford.