Woman, Daughter Accused Of Murdering Five Relatives

Woman, Daughter Accused Of Murdering Five Relatives

A woman and her daughter have been charged in Pennsylvania with murdering five members of their family, including three children, in what they claimed was a collective suicide pact.

Police found the bodies while doing a welfare check shortly after 4 p.m., and are now doing interviews.

Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, the mother and daughter, were transported to the hospital for unspecified reasons and later arrested, police said.

The disturbing scene unfolded inside a two-bedroom apartment in Morrisville, Pa. - where a case worker from the Bucks County Children and Youth Department found victims Naa'Irah Smith, 25, Damon Decree Jr.

Shana Decree, left, and her teenage daughter Dominique Decree. Her daughter is expected to be arraigned today according to officials.

It's been reported that the women told police, that along with another sister, they choked the others to death before the sister was then fatally choked by Dominique. Another two females were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

She claimed one of the victims, Jamilla Campbell, 42, killed two other victims before she herself was slain.

According to the complaint, police found the five bodies in a bedroom. At one point she told officers that three black males, including Campbell's boyfriend, carried out the murders. Meanwhile, Dominique's neck also had visible injuries as well. "I just spoke with the family of the five deceased and they are all heartbroken", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said during a media briefing.

Lead author Dr. Timothy Mariano, a third-year psychiatry resident in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said the three underlying motives appear to be mental illness, high levels of testosterone, and parents, particularly young mothers, feeling they're unable to provide care for their children. It was not immediately clear whether any lawyers are representing them.

Authorities who had been looking for Campbell's 17-year-old son Joshua found him not far away in Willingboro, New Jersey, where he was staying with friends, Police Chief George McClay said.

Shana was arraigned in the morning hours of February 26, and held without bail.

Investigators remove bags from the crime scene at the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa., on February 26, 2019.

"It really hurts. Like, It really hurts, like, four people two people, one person, it don't even matter we need to know what's going on in our community, ' said Nicole Owens, was the victims" neighbor.

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