Cops: Grandma shot self, young grandsons in car

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Photo -   This photo released by the Connecticut State Police during an Amber Alert Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, shows Alton Dennison, 6, left, and Ashton Denison, 2 months old, right, who were taken from their daycare by their grandmother Tuesday afternoon. State police said the bodies of Ashton and Alton Perry and their grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, were found dead Tuesday night in Preston, Conn. Connecticut state police are calling the shooting deaths a double murder-suicide and say she had permission to pick them up from their daycare. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)
This photo released by the Connecticut State Police during an Amber Alert Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, shows Alton Dennison, 6, left, and Ashton Denison, 2 months old, right, who were taken from their daycare by their grandmother Tuesday afternoon. State police said the bodies of Ashton and Alton Perry and their grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, were found dead Tuesday night in Preston, Conn. Connecticut state police are calling the shooting deaths a double murder-suicide and say she had permission to pick them up from their daycare. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)
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PRESTON, Conn. (AP) — A relative of two young boys killed in an apparently murder-suicide says their grandmother insisted on picking the children up alone despite the objections of their mother.

Connecticut state police say that after getting the children from a daycare center on Tuesday the grandmother, Debra Denison, apparently shot and killed them before turning the gun on herself.

Marcia White says the boys' mother, Brenda Perry, had asked the grandmother to bring along another relative. White says Denison's struggles with mental health were well known and Perry told Denison the boys were too much of a handful for her.

White is a paternal great-grandmother of the slain boys, 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry. She said Wednesday that Denison wanted to pick the boys up because it was Alton's birthday.

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