PENNSYLVANIA – A mother and daughter charged in the slayings of five family members, including three children, in Bucks County tell police that the killings were intended to be a mass murder-suicide.
Shana Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, are charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy.
The pair are accused of killing their relatives inside a unit of Robert Morris Apartments on the 200 block of West Bridge Street in Morrisville.
Deceased are Shana Decree’s children, Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13, both of Morrisville, as well as Shana Decree’s sister Jamilla Campbell, 42, of Trenton, New Jersey, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen.
Shana Decree was arraigned early Tuesday, while her daughter was expected to make her initial court appearance later in the day. The teen remains hospitalized after being found with injuries to her neck.
According to police, Dominique Decree initially claimed an unknown man caused her injuries and asked if her family was still alive. She also reportedly advised her wish to die.
Shana Decree initially claimed that Jamilla Campbell’s boyfriend and two unknown men were responsible for the killings. She later told police that everyone at the apartment, including the 9-year-old twins and 13-year-old, “wanted to die” and discussed suicide.
The mother and daughter then confessed to the murders of their family members.
Officials say the bodies were found after police went to check on the welfare of residents just after 4 p.m. Monday. A Department of Human Services business card that was left over the weekend was still in the door when authorities arrived on Monday.
Authorities described the home as having been ransacked. The mother and daughter told detectives that the 13-year-old boy was responsible for the disarray, but officials believe the mess was intended to project the image of a robbery.
Police had previously been to the home for two disturbance calls within the last two months.
Officials say they have located the 17-year-old son of Jamilla Campbell, one of the deceased, and that he is unharmed. The teen is not a suspect in the slayings.
The causes of death remain under investigation. Morrisville Borough Police and Bucks County Detectives are investigating.