Mother and daughter are charged in the deaths of 5 family members

Investigators remove bags of a crime scene at the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Pennsylvania woman charged along with her teenage daughter in the killing of multiple family members, including the children, was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges. The bodies were found Monday in an apartment of the complex. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

MORRISVILLE, Pa. – The police found a Pennsylvania woman and her teenage daughter in an apartment with the bodies of the five family members that they had been killed, including three children, authorities said Tuesday.

Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, were charged with five counts of murder and each and every one count of conspiracy.

Shana Decree told the police that “everyone in the apartment … wanted to die” and talked about suicide, according to the court documents. Decision claimed one of the victims, Jamilla Campbell, 42, killed two other victims before she herself was killed.

The bodies were found Monday in an apartment in a suburb of Philadelphia after Bucks County child welfare officials arrived unannounced and got no response when they knocked on the door. A maintenance worker opened the door and saw Shana Decree and Dominique Decree in a “disoriented” state, according to the court documents.

The police arrived and found all five bodies in a bedroom. The apartment was in “the war,” said police chief George McClay, with a broken drywall and broken glass, overturned furniture and other debris.

Shana Decree was arraigned early Tuesday, while her daughter was expected to make her first appearance later in the day.

It was not clear whether and to what extent the woman has a lawyer to speak for her.

The victims were Shana Decree children Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decides, Jr., 13, both of Morrisville, as well as Shana Decision of the sister of Jamilla Campbell, of Trenton, New Jersey, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen. The authorities did not reveal how they died.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that the authorities were looking for Campbell’s 17-year-old son Joshua. He stressed that the teen is not a suspect, adding authorities simply want to “ensure his safety.”

“We wanted to come here at this point and make sure that everyone knew that the people that these horrible deeds are now in custody and will be made to pay for their crimes,” Weintraub said at the scene late Monday.

The bodies were found about 4 hours. Monday after police went to check on the welfare of the residents on the unit in the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, along the border with New Jersey about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Philadelphia.

The three-story, red-brick complex is located on a busy road lined with auto-repair shops, a safe-lock-shop and a bail bonds agency in the area.


This story has been corrected to show that Jamilla Campbell was 42, not 45.

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