CT Woman Kills Two Grandchildren, Self

Police say Debra Denison, 47, picked up her 2-year-old and 6-month-old grandsons from a North Stonington day care and shot them, then herself.


A 47-year-old Stonington woman took her 2-year-old and 6-month-old grandsons from their day care provider Tuesday, drove to Foxwoods' Lake of Isles golf course and shot and killed the children with a .38-caliber handgun before turning the gun on herself, according to Connecticut State Police.

At 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, state police issued an Amber Alert after receiving a call from the mother of the children. Police confirmed for Patch later Tuesday evening that Debra Denison, the boys' grandmother, picked up the baby and toddler from Kidds and Co. day care in North Stonington and drove off with the children and the gun in a 2002 White Chrysler Town & Country minivan with a CT registration of 445-ZAZ. In the Amber Alert, state police said Denison is "bipolar and has medical conditions."

Day care center co-owner Christine Hare said that Denison had previously picked up the boys, and that they had been notified Tuesday the grandmother would be picking them up that day. Tuesday was Alton Perry's second birthday. The boys' parents are Brenda and Jeremy Perry of North Stonington.

State police troopers and detectives were called in to work the investigation, and area police agencies were notified and given the descriptions of Denison and the children, 6-month-old Ashton Perry and 2-year-old Alton Perry. State police at Troop E in Montville confirmed that Denison had left a suicide note.

At about 9:30 p.m., according to a press release issued late Tuesday by state police, Troop E received a 911 call that a vehicle with three injured people inside — two of them children — was found parked near Lake of Isles.

According to the release, troopers and local EMS personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the vehicle matched the one in the Amber Alert. Denison and the two children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Late Tuesday night, state police continued to block the entrance to Lake of Isles Road, and the Eastern District Major Crime Squad responded to the scene to investigate. The Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner will conduct an examination to determine the cause and manner of death.

At Debra Denison's Sherwood Drive home in Stonington late Tuesday, the house was dark except for a solitary lamp lit in the living room. No one answered the door.

Early Wednesday along Norwich-Westerly Road (Route 2) in North Stonington, a state police cruiser blocked the driveway of a home with all its lights on and several cars parked in the yard.

According to the Connecticut Judiciary website, Denison has a criminal conviction for reckless driving from 2003 but no other Connecticut police record. 

Numerous attempts to reach Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance for additional details were unsuccessful.

— Jessie King, Bree Shirvell, Elissa Bass and Megan Bard also contributed reporting to this post.

Editor's note: this article was updated at 7:55 a.m., Wednesday to correct the name and location of the day care center and to add information about Denison's access to the boys at the center.

Alethiologist March 04, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Let's be nice and discuss the topic
Roger Price March 04, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Perhaps Elizabeth or Ella can go run and fetch you some more of your namesake batteries. That should put a smile on you and your Sisters' faces I'm sure.
gerald frank March 05, 2013 at 06:20 AM
First off she took the gun from her spouse, left a note saying what she was going to do.. she was know to be mental ill and did this horrid act..We as proper Gun owners dont do these actions. We lockup the guns so that "they" do not get them!!
Connecticut15 March 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Ogee - 'what if...any of us lived in Sandy Hook" I wonder if any would have had information about the perpetrator and his circumstances that as a community could have helped him and his family avert this horrible act upon innocent people. I know that in Wilton I have been told directly by officials of some of the most pertinent agencies that they do not act because they do not want to be judgmental of parents and their parenting. Even when professionals in our schools ask for help to address concerns affecting the social and emotional lives of our children, the philosophy makes it very difficult to be productive or beneficial to the children and families involved.
Connecticut15 March 05, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Good questions, Thomas Paine. Thank you.


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