Police Arrest Mother and Daughter After Five Family Members Found Dead

A woman and her daughter are facing murder charges after the bodies of five of their family members were discovered in their Morrisville, Bucks County, apartment Monday afternoon. But eventually, police say, Shana told them everyone in the apartment, including the three kids, wanted to die and was talking about suicide.

The causes of death remain under investigation, the district attorney's office said. "We just spoke to the family of all five of the deceased and they're all heartbroken".

Shana said she killed one of the children, that Campbell killed another one of the children and then killed Naa'Irah, and that she and Dominique both killed another one of the children before Dominique killed Campbell.

Police originally found three females and one male in a bedroom inside the building before later discovering a fifth body, believed to be one of the children, later that night, reports the Bucks County Courier Times.

All the bodies were found in a ground floor apartment, and investigators have reportedly ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning.

The victims were identified as Shana's two nine-year-old twin daughters and her Sister Jamilla Campbell, 42, Naa'irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree, 13, according to authorities.

What they saw upon entering the unit at Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, a borough in Pennsylvania steps from the Delaware River, was a nightmarish scene - overturned furniture, shattered glass and clutter throughout the home. It isn't clear whether either woman has a lawyer to speak for her. Court papers show they have not requested a public defender, and no attorney information is listed.

The accused killers told police that the two mothers took turns killing their children before the older Decree strangled her sister.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office said in a statement that Shana Decree was arraigned Tuesday morning and is being held without bail. Both will be charged with 5 counts of homicide and 1 count of conspiracy.

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

"We're working on some theories but it wouldn't be fair of me to speculate so I'm not going to", the DA said, stressing that there are no other suspects.

Authorities who had been looking for Campbell's 17-year-old son Joshua found him in Willingboro, New Jersey, where he was staying with friends, McClay said.

"She was a happy person, happy person and cared for people", Hall said.

  • Rogelio Becker