Former Congressman Kennedy, wife welcome baby boy

Apr 16, 2012, 12:56 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Amy Petitgout (PET’-ah-goo), have welcomed a baby boy to their family.

Owen Patrick Kennedy was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces. The birth was announced in an email sent by Kennedy’s brother, Edward Kennedy Jr.

Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, married Petitgout in July. Petitgout is a middle school teacher from Brigantine, N.J., and has a young daughter, Harper, from a previous marriage.

The email says Harper is happy to be a big sister and Owen “stopped crying only when he was in his big sister’s arms.”

Since leaving Congress in 2011, Kennedy has been campaigning to boost brain research. His father died from brain cancer in 2009.

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Former Congressman Kennedy, wife welcome baby boy