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West Hartford Police Charge Juvenile in Fatal Stabbing of Sister

187 Stoner Dr. remained cordoned off as police continued to investigate a fatal stabbing. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police said Tuesday afternoon that a 12-year-old boy who stabbed his sister and mother on Monday afternoon faces multiple charges, including murder.

By Ronni Newton

A 12-year-old West Hartford boy has been charged with one count of murder with special circumstances and one count of first-degree assault, police said Tuesday afternoon.

According to West Hartford Police, the 12-year-old boy was arraigned at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, where police said he was brought for treatment of a minor injury he sustained in the incident.

A charge of “murder with special circumstances” applies because the victim was less than 16 years old.

A 12-year-old female, the twin sister of the boy who was arrested, was fatally stabbed. Their mother was injured in the incident, and according to the most recent information available to West Hartford Police, she remains in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital.

The juvenile boy who was arrested has been remanded to the custody of Connecticut Judicial Marshals, police said.

According to Connecticut Statutes, a juvenile under the age of 15 cannot have the case transferred to adult court, even for the most serious felony charges.

Brian Foley, a former deputy chief with the Hartford Police Department who is now the chief investigator for FOX 61, told We-Ha.com that the maximum sentence that could be imposed by the court for a juvenile under the age of 15 would be “a period of probation supervision, with or without placement in a residential facility, for a period of 18 months, with a possible extension for another 12 months minus any time spent in pretrial detention.” The record could be erased at the age of 18, he said, depending on certain criteria.

According to Foley, since the Connecticut Juvenile Training School closed earlier this year, juveniles who are kept in custody are housed in short-term juvenile detention centers.

The home at 187 Stoner Dr. where the incident occurred remained cordoned off by police tape on Tuesday as West Hartford Police detectives continued to collect evidence into the stabbing that took place Monday afternoon just before 3:30 p.m.

The case remains under active investigation by the West Hartford Police Department.

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