Mother, daughter charged in family murders say victims 'wanted to die'

Morrisville murders

A teen girl and her mother have been arrested in the deaths of five of their relatives, including three children, who police said were slain in their Pennsylvania apartment in what the suspects allegedly claimed was meant to be a mass murder-suicide plot.

The bodies were found during a welfare check on the apartment Monday afternoon.

Both Shana and Dominique Decree were both hospitalized before they were taken into police custody, where they originally claimed Shana's boyfriend and two other men killed their relatives, but spared their lives, WGAL reported.

The victims include Shana Decree's children - Naa'Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13 - as well as Shana Decree's sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42, and Campbell's 9-year-old twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen.

Shana and Dominique Decree then told police about a complicated plan that allegedly involved some of the victims killing each other - at least one being choked to death - and then Shana and Dominique Decree killing the rest, according to the court records. They were subsequently arrested and each charged with five counts of homicide and one charge of conspiracy to commit criminal homicide. Another two females were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

Fox 29 reporter Dave Kinchen said some of the victims had not been seen in a week.

Lead author Dr. Timothy Mariano, a third-year psychiatry resident in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said the three underlying motives appear to be mental illness, high levels of testosterone, and parents, particularly young mothers, feeling they're unable to provide care for their children.

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Dominique had visible injuries to her neck and claimed to have no knowledge of the deaths.

Shana was arraigned in court Tuesday morning and is being held without bail.

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

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub has stressed that the teen isn't a suspect in the slayings and that officials wanted to be sure he was safe.

The bodies were discovered inside one of the first-floor apartment's two bedrooms. It wasn't immediately clear how the family members died.

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

Investigators remove bags from the crime scene at the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa., on February 26, 2019.

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