HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion has a new infant son.
The baby was born over the weekend to Dr. William Petit and his new wife, Christine, whom he met while she was volunteering for the charity foundation that Petit created in memory of his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.
The Petit Family Foundation helps educate young people, improve the lives of those with chronic illnesses and protect those affected by violence.
Hawke-Petit’s mother, Marybelle Hawke, has said her family welcomed the marriage and encouraged Petit to find peace and joy in his life.
The couple announced shortly before their first wedding anniversary Aug. 5 that they were expecting a child.
The family was held hostage for hours and their home in Cheshire was set on fire. Petit was beaten, tied up and taken to the basement, but he managed to escape and crawl to a neighbor’s house for help.
Two men, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, are awaiting execution for killing Hawke-Petit and the couple’s daughters.
Petit has campaigned against the repeal of Connecticut’s death penalty. He said in October that he is considering running for Congress.
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