Delaware Mom Killed Self, 18-Month-Old’s Cause of Death Undetermined, Police Say

The bodies Laura Connell and her 18-month-old son, Walton Connell, were discovered Wednesday inside a unit of the Stonehurst Garden Apartments in Newport, Delaware

Two days after a mother and her infant son were found dead inside a Delaware apartment, questions remain about how the boy died.

Laura Connell killed herself inside a unit of the Stonehurst Garden Apartments on the 100 block of Richards Avenue in Newport, Delaware, New Castle County police said Friday

The bodies of the 45-year-old woman and her 18-month-old son, Walton Connell, were discovered shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

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Connell's death was ruled a suicide by gunshot, investigators said.

Walton wasn't shot, police said. The boy's cause and manner of death need further investigation by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.

New Castle County Police didn't reveal any further details about a motive for the deaths.

Two women who were spotted Wednesday crying outside the crime scene told NBC10 the victims had lived at the apartment for the past three months.

New Castle County said the Division of Police Victim Services Unit at (302)-395-8000 is available to offer support and resources to any victims or witnesses to a violent crime or anyone who has lost a loved one suddenly and need assistance.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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