North Stonington, CT — A grandmother apparently shot and killed her two young grandsons and then turned the gun on herself according to multiple news accounts.
Debra Denison picked up Alton Perry, 2, and Ashton Perry, six months, from daycare yesterday afternoon, but instead of taking them home, she allegedly drove them to a nearby town and shot them to death with a handgun and then killed herself.
To make this tragedy even more horrible if that’s possible, it was Alton Perry’s birthday yesterday and he should have been on his way home to open presents.
The missing boys were the subject of an Amber Alert when their mom reported them missing before the bodies were found in a vehicle last night in Preston, Connecticut, when passerbys reported a suspicious vehicle. Apparently a suicide note was found inside.
According to WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford, Denison, 47, had some psychological problems:
“Denison suffered from bipolar disorder and has a history of mental issues, according to family members who were gathered at the boys’ parents home while hoping for the best.”
She did have permission from her daughter to pick up the kids up from daycare, and she regularly did so in the past. According to the Hartford Courant, “Denison did not show the weapon or show any sign of distress when she picked up her grandchildren, said Christine Hare, co-owner of the day-care center.”
The state medical examiner is conducting autopsies today to further confirm the cause of death.
Brenda Perry, Alton and Ashton’s mother, posted on Facebook thanking people for their prayers and added that “God has two beautiful angels helping him now.”
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