A woman and her teenage daughter are facing homicide charges in the deaths of five relatives, including three children, inside an apartment in suburban Philadelphia, according to authorities. (Feb. 26) AP
A Pennsylvania woman, charged with her teen daughter in the deaths of five family members – including three children – was arraigned Tuesday.
The suspects, Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, were taken into custody Monday after bodies were found inside an apartment in suburban Philadelphia, authorities said.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Shana Decree and Dominique Decree are charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy in the deaths.
Shana Decree was jailed without bail following a preliminary arraignment early Tuesday, according to Philly.com, while her daughter was still awaiting her hearing.
The victims include 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, 45, of Trenton, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen. Weintraub said that authorities are looking for Campbell’s 17-year-old son Joshua. He noted that the teen is not a suspect in the deaths.
Weintraub said the causes of death are under investigation and that it was premature to discuss a motive.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” Weintraub said at the scene late Monday night, according to the Associated Press. “I just spoke to the family of all five of the deceased, and we’re all heartbroken.
“I wanted to make sure everybody knew that the people who committed these atrocious acts are now in custody and (will) be made to pay for their crimes.”
The bodies were found about 4 p.m. Monday after police went to check on the welfare of residents at a unit in the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia.