Double murder suspect Lillie Stanton told police she decided to kill her daughter and granddaughter rather than face the possibility of the child’s father gaining more visitation time.
Stanton, 48, of 233 Vaught Road, said she was worried about the situation between her daughter and the child’s father, according to her arrest citation.
In the citation, she told police that she thought about taking 23-year-old Danel Korrey Stanton and 22-month-old Kaydence Ray Miers out of state, but did not have the money. She said she thought “killing them was the best thing to do,” according to the citation.
Danel Stanton and Miers were found dead Sunday afternoon in the home they shared with Lillie Stanton.
A final custody hearing was scheduled for Wednesday between Danel Stanton and the child’s father Jonathon Miers in Clark Family Court, according to court records.
Lillie Stanton cut her own wrists and throat Sunday afternoon, but was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was released Wednesday afternoon, and was brought to the Winchester Police Department, where she was interviewed again. She was then jailed on two counts of murder.
She still wore a bandage on her neck and casts on both wrists as detectives walked her to the Clark County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon.
Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said Lillie Stanton’s statement Wednesday matched the one she made from the hospital Monday in which she admitted to killing them both.
According to the citation, Lillie Stanton said both Danel Stanton and Kaydence Miers were asleep in their beds Sunday. She said she took Kaydence Miers to the basement and cut her throat before returning her to bed. She said she also cut Danel Stanton’s throat, but was unsuccessful in killing her. She told police she suffocated her.
In a press conference Tuesday, Hall said there was a gap in time between the deaths and when Lillie Stanton injured herself. Lillie Stanton’s ex-husband Robert Stanton, who also lives in the home, discovered the scene and called 911 around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Hall said officers also confiscated several blood-covered knives from the home and sent them to the crime lab for analysis.
There were no previous reports of violence in the home, he said.
Funeral arrangements for Kaydence Miers will be in Oklahoma, where her father has family, and services for Danel Stanton will be private.
Court officials said Lillie Stanton would probably be arraigned Wednesday in Clark District Court.
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