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.

Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 09:46 PM
El rushbo, And that was your best reply? So you voted for those you voted for because you want them to be your moral compasses? LOL!
Sandra February 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Donald- El Rushbo can't think for himself. Probably brainwashed in school.
Stephanie February 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM
No Donald, you wake up. Getting your hands on a gun in this country is a lot easier than you think it is. James Holmes bought his gun and ammo legally, Adam Lanza got his gun from his mother who bought it legally, and you have just told us that this woman got her gun from her husband. Guns are just lying around all over the place for anyone to take and use. So the suggestion of encouraging more people to get guns is just going to wind up killing more innocent lives. Say that someone in that Aurora movie theatre had a gun and wanted to shoot James Holmes. In a dark theatre with people running for their lives, can we really be sure that that person wouldn't have missed? What if while trying to shoot James Holmes, he accidentally shot and killed someone else? Or several people? How about instead of having shoot-outs, we have stricter laws that would prevent criminals from getting these guns in the first place? I'm sorry, but I don't want to live on a battlefield.
Elizabeth February 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM
looks like Sandra is the "we" that Donnie boy refers to. Same as the gerbil.
Sandra February 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Elizabeth- I was just responding to you on "Why Women Matter" but you probably won't see it until tomorrow because the Patch is blocking it. I think the same kinds of people intimidating Bob Woodward from the White house are working for the patch.
Sandra February 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Elizabeth- are you calling me a gerbil? You must be Ella's mommy paying for that useless degree in "feminism"
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Stephanie, You said: "Guns are just lying around all over the place for anyone to take and use. So the suggestion of encouraging more people to get guns is just going to wind up killing more innocent lives." Yes, of course. Nancy Lanza had guns in every room of her house, loaded, with instructions for Adam on how to utilize them properly. .....Come on, Stephanie. You're emotions are getting the best of you. More guns = less crime, Stephanie. The FBI says: --According to our just-released Crime in the United States, 2011 report, the estimated number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement (1,203,564) decreased for the fifth year in a row, while the estimated number of property crimes reported to law enforcement (9,063,173) decreased for the ninth year in a row.-- http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/october/annual-crime-in-the-u.s.-report-released Guess what gun sales have been doing since 2008? Going UP. Violent crimes/property crimes? Going DOWN. Coincidence? Or is it that when a person has a legal firearm they have a way of deterring crime?
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM
More MOTHERS kill their own children than rifles do !
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 12:55 PM
" If so all meds need to go thur s.pd. on weapons check!!' The mental health community has fought that for decades! They will never agree to what they consider intrusive reporting as it would they say prevent many form seeking help.
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 12:57 PM
If the gun did not have the hand of a bi-polar woman on it those children would be alive. If Rosie O'Donnell didn't have a fork she would not be fat. If m son didn't have a #2 pencil he would not have made those mistakes on his test.
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I certainly hope to hell Stephanie has no access to a firearm! She is unhinged and may be on medication.
Edmund Burke March 01, 2013 at 02:10 PM
LOL-took me a minute.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Sanchez, If spoons weren't so easy for me to use, (thanks to these thumbs of mine), and if mint chocolate chip ice cream wasn't so danged amazing, I would be thinner. If chocolate didn't taste so good and wasn't ingrained within our societal psyche, Valentine's Day would be a complete commercial flop. If gunpowder had not been invented, we would still be carrying swords. If was a fifth, we'd all be drunk.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 03:34 PM
G.A., I have yet to meet a responsible gun owner who would do such an atrocious act. But, nice try. Try again. Try harder.
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Does anyone dare call her a "responsible grand mother"?
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Do you dare call her a "responsible grand mother" GA Lewis? Or do you say wrongly responsible gun owner for emotional effect?
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM
I want a Government that takes care of the 17 enumerated powers WE THE PEOPLE delegated to them in the Constitution. All other powers not delegated to them are the States or the People. Does that ring a bell to anyone?
Stephanie March 01, 2013 at 10:40 PM
"I certainly hope to hell Stephanie has no access to a firearm! She is unhinged and may be on medication." Exactly! We do not want guns in the hands of crazies, which is why we need stricter gun laws. Thanks for helping me prove my point.
dd March 04, 2013 at 12:26 AM
wish they had put her down
dd March 04, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Elizabeth stop fighting with non lesbos
gerald frank March 04, 2013 at 02:12 AM
we need to have state board that oversees the mental files and that gets the info from md's as to the state of their patiences.... that way we all have a way to SUE SOMEONE!! then we will fix the tort laws!! Could be the state or the md's or the dead person's estate....
Sandra March 04, 2013 at 02:47 AM
dd-maybe we can meet up at the Shack and you can tell me that to my face.
julie criscuolo March 04, 2013 at 03:17 AM
dd, Elizabeth.... Classless POS! Its true liberalism is a mental disorder.
julie criscuolo March 04, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Oh and Kelley time to take your meds too,!
Frederick Klein March 04, 2013 at 05:42 PM
How often to you repeat this Michael Savage line, JLM?
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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