Home Invasion Survivor Will Be a Dad Again

Dr. William Petit expecting baby with new wife Christine

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific 2007 home invasion says he and his new wife are expecting a baby. Dr. William Petit and his wife Christine told WFSB-TV yesterday that the baby is due Dec. 3. The couple's announcement comes shortly before their first wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Petit says he's very excited about the prospect of a new baby, saying "children are always your jewels."

The former Christine Paluf met Petit while volunteering for the Petit Family Foundation. William Petit created the charity in memory of his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela. The family was held hostage for hours and their Cheshire home set on fire. William Petit was severely beaten but survived.

This Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 photo released on behalf of Dr. William and Christine Petit shows the couple at a reception in Simsbury, Conn., after their wedding in West Hartford, Conn.
This Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 photo released on behalf of Dr. William and Christine Petit shows the couple at a reception in Simsbury, Conn., after their wedding in West Hartford, Conn.   (AP Photo/Benoit Photography)
This June 2007 file photo provided by Dr. William Petit Jr., shows Dr. Petit, left, with his daughters Michaela, front, Hayley, center rear, and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, on Cape Cod, Mass.
This June 2007 file photo provided by Dr. William Petit Jr., shows Dr. Petit, left, with his daughters Michaela, front, Hayley, center rear, and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, on Cape Cod, Mass.   (AP Photo/William Petit, File)
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