Mother, daughter arrested after five relatives found dead in apartment

From left to right Shana S. Decree 45 and daughter Dominique Decree 19

From left to right Shana S. Decree 45 and daughter Dominique Decree 19

Dominique Decree is expected to be arraigned later in the day.

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

Authorities identify them as Shana Decree's children: Damon Decree Jr., 13, and Naa'Irah Smith, 25; her sister Jamilla Campbell, 42; Jamilla's 9-year-old twin daughters, Erika and Imani Allen.

"This is a awful tragedy", Weintraub told reporters gathered outside the apartment.

These photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, shows Shana Decree, left, and her teenage daughter Dominique Decree. "I wish I had better news to report".

Police said all five victims were killed in suspicious circumstances, but that it is too early in the investigation to suggest a motive.

Investigators are also searching for 17-year-old Joshua Campbell.

Shana, 45, alleged that the killers were her sister Jamilla Campbell's boyfriend and two unidentified men.

Later, Shana Decree told police the victims, including the three children, wanted to die and had been discussing suicide, according to the court records. Decree and her daughter killed a third child together.

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The authorities in Morrisville, a borough in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River, discovered a ghastly scene on February 25.

Dominique Decree initially denied knowing what had occurred and asked if her family was alive.

Decree later told officers that three black males carried out the murders. Another two females were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

Then she confessed to murdering one of the children. Trash was piling up outside, a neighbour told NBC affiliate WCAU, and no one would answer the door to the ground-floor unit in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

They were found dead in a bedroom at the Robert Morris apartments in Morrisville on Monday afternoon. However, as of February 26, he had been found alive.

"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.

A father killing a son was the most common filicide scenario, followed by a mother killing a son, a mother killing a daughter, and a father killing a daughter. They said he was not considered a suspect in the murders.

The authors said neither the statistics nor the hypotheses can definitively explain filicide.

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