Neighbors grapple with stabbing deaths of Clark County woman, toddler

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 21, 2012 

As police waited Monday to talk to the wounded mother of a woman who, with her toddler, was found stabbed to death Sunday in Winchester, neighbors grappled with the killings and remembered the victims.

Danel Korrey Stanton, 23, and 22-month-old Kaydence Ray Miers were found in a house at 233 Vaught Road late Sunday afternoon, dead of apparent stab wounds, Capt. James Hall said Monday.

Lillie Stanton, Danel's mother and Kaydence's grandmother, also was stabbed and was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. She was in serious condition, Hall said.

Police hope Lillie Stanton can tell them what happened, but she's not in a condition to speak now, Hall said Monday. She had cuts to her arms and throat, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Hall said neighbors did not report seeing anyone fleeing the stabbing scene. He did not identify any suspects. Police have interviewed other family members, he said.

Danel Stanton, who went by Korrey, was scheduled for a court hearing in Winchester at 9 a.m. Wednesday with Jonathon Miers, who is listed as Kaydence's father in a birth announcement.

Police were called to Vaught Road about 5:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate "a possible DOA," Hall said. They arrived to find Korrey Stanton and Kaydence Miers in a bedroom. Lillie Stanton was conscious when officers arrived, according to The Winchester Sun.

The three lived together in the Vaught Road house, according to Warren Sutton, who with his wife, Mary, often visits the neighborhood where his mother lives. His daughter attended school with Korrey Stanton.

Warren Sutton said he regularly saw Korrey Stanton pushing her daughter around the neighborhood in a baby carriage.

"She was a pretty little thing; she had blonde hair down her back and she was just beautiful," Sutton said of the youngster.

As she contemplated the deaths Monday, Mary Sutton kept shaking her head saying, "It's crazy. It's just crazy. I don't understand it."

Neighbor Angel Jackson said the women had lived in the house next door since before Jackson moved to Vaught Road four years ago. Robert Stanton, Lillie Stanton's ex-husband and Korrey's father, lived periodically with the three when he was not on the road working, Jackson said.

Robert Stanton owns the house, Jackson said. He apparently is an electrical worker, according to records at the Clark County Courthouse.

Jackson said her fiancé went outside to mow the yard Sunday about 5 p.m. and noticed Robert Stanton in front of the Stanton home. When her fiancé asked an upset Stanton what was wrong, Stanton told him, "I don't want to talk about it," Jackson said.

Jackson said her fiancé overheard Stanton say on a cellphone call, "They're all dead." Police arrived moments later, she said.

The Winchester Sun reported Monday that police were called to the scene by Robert Stanton.

Jackson said she often went next door to sit in the front yard and talk with Lillie and Korrey Stanton.

Lillie Stanton "was crazy about both of them," Jackson said of Korrey and Kaydence.

The Stanton house is a small one-story brick dwelling. The only lingering indications of any trouble Monday were a few bits of yellow police tape on the street and behind the house.

A baby carriage and various toys were standing near the front door; the outside light by the front door was burning.

Two merrily colored signs heralding the arrival of spring were posted at the residence, one on the front door, the other on the lawn.

Just below the front window, someone had written on the bricks in white chalk, "Happy Easter."

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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