Name: Sean Hurtt, aka Sean Hairston
Died: June 13, 2001
Age at death: 14
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned)
Location: Garfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Other victim: Kathy Hairston, 43 (Mother)
Sean Hurtt was in the eighth grade. Every morning he would get up and go downstairs to the couch, where he would watch TV before school.
His stepfather was being prosecuted for the repeated rape of Sean’s sister and was going to trial for the rape. At the time of the killings, he was out on bail. Claiming he intended to “spare” the family the shame of the rape trial, Sean’s father bludgeoned Sean and Sean’s mother with a sledgehammer. Then he injured Sean’s grandmother, stabbed himself superficially, and set the house on fire. Sean’s mother was dead at the scene. Sean’s grandmother was rescued from the house and eventually recovered.
Sean, who doctors knew could not survive his massive injuries, stayed on life support in the hospital for two days before his killer–the only living person with parental rights–could give permission to disconnect life support.
Sean’s stepfather claimed that he had committed the double murder because with him in prison for the rape, no one else could take care of his family the way he could. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He is currently on death row.
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