NEWPORT, Del. (CBS) — New Castle County police are investigating the suspicious deaths of a 45-year-old woman and her 18-month-old son in Newport. Officers responded to the Stonehurst Garden Apartments on Richards Drive on Wednesday morning.
Residents say the mother and boy did not live in the apartment for very long and were shocked to learn of their deaths.
“I stepped out and looked and police cars, crime scene tape all over the place,” resident Dan Lee said.
It was all hands on deck for New Castle County Police after after the woman and her toddler son were found dead in a Newport apartment.
Residents watched police investigate in disbelief.
“When we found out that it involved a young child and a mother, it really shook us all up. It was just heart-wrenching,” Lee said.
According to police, the child’s father lives in Texas and he is not being considered a suspect. Police also say there is no threat to the public.
Residents say it’s not common to see police activity at the Stonehurst Garden Apartments.
“This is relatively a quiet community,” Lee said. “Something like that never happens. It’s the first time we’ve had something that big happening here.”
Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, agrees.
“It was so frightening, I’ve never been around anything like this,” the woman said. “It took a long while to find out what had happened. It was just really frightening and it’s so sad.”
The two bodies were turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, where autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death.
“I’ve heard nothing and I’ve never seen any arguments or anything going on around this neighborhood,” the woman said.
If you have any additional information that could help with the investigation, police are asking you to give them a call.