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Connecticut boy, 12, fatally stabs sister, hospitalizes prominent lobbyist mother

Janemarie Murphy was admitted to the hospital after her 12-year-old son stabbed her and his sister.
(One hand it aimed at Cullina/FOX61)

A 12-year-old Connecticut boy was indicted for murder after he fatally stabbed his sister and injured his mother, who was a prominent lobbyist, according to reports.

The boy, who has not been named, was charged Tuesday with one count of murder and one count of first-degree assault, West Hartford police said. The boy was brought to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries after the stabbing that seriously injured his mother, Janemarie Murphy, 56, and killed his 12-year-old sister, Brigid Curtin, the Hartford Courant reported.

The police got a 911 call about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, a woman who said that her son put her and her daughter. Officers arrived on the scene to find all three in the house.

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They were rushed to the hospital where the girl later died. The state medical examiner on Wednesday ruled her death a homicide due to the stab wounds to her neck and torso, FOX61 reported.

Murphy, a well-known lobbyist at the state Capitol, was identified by her employer, one hand it aimed at Cullina LLP, as the victim of the stabbing. Murphy is said to be in the hospital in stable condition.

“We are affected by the terrible tragedy that our friend and colleague Jane Murphy,” the Connecticut law firm said in a statement to the Hartford Courant. “Jane is a valued member of the Government Affairs Group of one hand it aimed at Cullina LLP for more than 24 years. We will do everything we can to support Jane and her family, and ask everyone to respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time.”

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Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted his condolences to Murphy and her family.

“My heart is sick my friend Janemarie Murphy and her family,” Murphy tweeted. “What an incredible loss. I know that the community of West Hartford, and her legions of friends at the State Capitol are rallying to her side to make sure the family has everything they need.”

The motive for the fatal attack are still under investigation. Murphy’s children attended Sedgwick High School.

“There are thousands of parents in search of answers,” State Sen. Beth Bye told the Hartford Courant. “It’s going to be a community healing process.”

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor released a statement from the family, which has asked for privacy.

“We are all enduring a very painful and unimaginable loss,” the statement says. “Our family will never be the same. Our daughter was a beautiful child, and we will remember forever her smile … laughter . and don’t forget her for the way she loved and lived.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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