Police: Mother Shot Herself In Newport Apartment, Toddler’s Cause Of Death Pending

Police have released details surrounding the mother and child found dead inside a Newport apartment on Wednesday.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigation Unit have identified the deceased woman as 45-year-old Laura Connell and her 18-month-old child. Laura Connell’s death has been ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The child’s cause and manner of death are pending further investigation by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. However, investigators have determined that Walton’s death was not caused by a gunshot wound.


This morning, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 8:53 a.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Richards Drive in the Stonehurst Garden Apartments for a Death Investigation. When the patrol officers arrived, they entered the residence and found two people, one a 45-year-old mom and her one 18-month-old son, deceased.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived and further determined that there is no perceived threat to the community.

The victims were turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science to determine the cause and manner of death. This investigation is active and ongoing.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that the mother died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have not confirmed that.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact Det. Holubinka at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at [email protected] or by calling New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.

Original Report

At around 9:00 this morning, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, New Castle County Police, Delaware State Police, and area rescue crews responded to the 100 block of Richards Drive for reports of a shooting.

Shortly after their arrival, two people were found dead inside an apartment at the Stonehurst Garden Apartments near Newport.

Detectives are currently on scene investigating the deaths.

Police have not released details surrounding the incident.


On Monday two 17-year-olds were found shot to death on West 26th Street in Wilmington.