Draper teen injured in stabbing told police he was protecting his mother

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DRAPER (News4Utah)- A teenager told police he was protecting his mom when he was stabbed by his step-father Tuesday morning.

The call was initially reported as a home invasion robbery, but after investigating officers learned the truth.

Police records say at first the teen victim told them that he attacked someone that was in his sister’s room.  “He then said the subject stabbed him and attacked his step-father, Richard Hurley,” police records say.

Eventually, the victim told officers the real story. He said it started after he broke up a physical fight between his mom and intoxicated step-father.

After a short time, records say, a fight began between Hurley and the teen.

“[The teen] said Richard turned and had a pair of scissors in hand…Richard lunged at [the teen], [who] reacted by lunging toward Richard,” according to a probable cause statement.

The teen was stabbed multiple times, once in the neck “not far from his carotid artery”, police say.

Records say the victim was able to control his step-father before police were called.

Investigators say a search warrant served at the home showed evidence consistent with the teen’s story.

Richard Wayne Hurley

The police report said there were three other children home at the time of the incident. When officers arrived they said the mom left the scene with the other kids and “would not speak to police on scene”.

After he was treated for his injuries, Hurley was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on charges of  2nd degree felony child abuse, domestic violence, and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org or SVSUtah.org. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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