A 12-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with killing his sister and seriously wounding his mother in a stabbing at a Connecticut home, the AP reports. West Hartford police said the boy was arraigned at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, where he was being treated for minor injuries sustained in Monday's incident. The boy faces one count of murder and one count of first-degree assault and is currently in the custody of the Connecticut Judicial Marshals. The names of the boy and the victims haven't been released by authorities, but the Hartford Courant identifies the mother as Janemarie Murphy, a well-known lobbyist at the state Capitol who has worked in the government affairs group of a Hartford law firm for more than 24 years. She remains hospitalized but in stable condition.
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 remember her for the way she loved and lived." Cantor said community members are also "incredibly brokenhearted." The stabbing shocked the upscale Hartford suburb, where police were continuing their investigation Tuesday. Officers responded to the home at about 3:30pm Monday after the mother called 911 to report that she and her daughter, whom the Courant reports was also 12, had been stabbed by her son. No motive has yet been made public. (Police say a Coast Guardsman killed his wife, then their 7-year-old son.)