GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A mother and her son are facing charges in connection to a Groton girl’s death in April, New London police announced on Thursday.
D’Nazia “Nay” Uzzle, of Groton, was found unresponsive in April in a New London home in the area of Jefferson Avenue and Buchanan Road. Uzzle was a senior at New London High School’s Multi-Magnet Campus. Police said the medical examiner’s office said her cause of death was “sudden death during physical altercation with neck compression and blunt injuries.”
Two others at the home, a 40-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds, according to police. The two, Erica Cherry and N’Shon Cherry, were arrested on Thursday.
They have both been charged with first-degree accessory to commit manslaughter, first-degree accessory to commit strangulation, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and cruelty to persons.
They are being held on $250,000 cash/surety bonds.
According to information presented in court on Thursday, N’Shon Cherry graduated from New London High School and was working as a dishwasher. He has no criminal history and entered a not guilty plea. He is expected to appear in court on Oct. 18.
It was a long, emotional afternoon in court. An outburst happened as N’Shon Cherry walked out of the courtroom when his family yelled, “I love you, keep your head up.”
Uzzle’s family screamed back, “Justice for Nay.” Court marshals separated both families and forced court to go into recess.
Uzzle’s grandmother, Linda Lorenzo, said she wants justice.
“You can’t do this to anyone’s child. You can’t,” Lorenzo said. “I don’t want it to happen to anyone else’s child.”
Lorenzo said her granddaughter was funny and sassy.
“She always liked to tease me, but she always knew how to make me smile,” Lorenzo said. “At night, she would call me just to check on me…I miss it. I miss it a lot.”