Lone survivor of Houston-area shooting is released from the hospital

The 15-year-old heroine of a shooting at a suburban Houston home that left six of her family members dead was released from the hospital Friday.

Cassidy Stay was discharged in good condition from Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement issued by the hospital.


Stay was the lone survivor of Wednesday's attack.

"As a hospital team, we were honored to be able to help care for this brave young woman at her critical time of need," the statement said. "The entire staff at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital has been profoundly touched by Cassidy's resilient spirit, inner strength and hopeful heart during this time of indescribable shock and grief."

Ronald Lee Haskell — accused of killing Stay's parents, Katie and Stephen, and her four siblings, whose ages ranged from 4 to 14 — collapsed Friday morning in court, where he faced charges for the killings.

Haskell showed up at the Stay home Wednesday looking for his estranged wife, Melannie Lyon, the sister of Katie Stay. When Cassidy Stay refused to open the door, Haskell broke down the door and tied up the children until their parents arrived, police said.

When the parents arrived they too were tied up, police said.

When the family didn't tell him where his estranged wife was, he shot each of them in the back of the head, police said.

Cassidy Stay was hailed as a heroine for playing dead after she was shot, then managing to call 911 after Haskell left the house. When authorities arrived, she identified Haskell as the attacker and said he planned to attack other relatives.

The teenager was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for a fractured skull.

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