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Mom Accused of Killing Family: Everyone 'Wanted to Die'

But Pennsylvania authorities say they're no closer to determining a motive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2019 2:29 PM CST
Crime scene tape surrounds the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. A woman and her teenage daughter are facing homicide charges in the deaths of multiple relatives inside...   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Pennsylvania authorities say they're no closer to determining a motive for a set of slayings that left five family members dead and a mother and daughter facing homicide charges. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Tuesday at a news conference that 19-year-old Dominique Decree is expected to be arraigned soon. Her mother, 45-year-old Shana Decree, was arraigned earlier Tuesday. The AP reports the women have told police that one of the victims helped with the killings. Police in Morrisville say the two women were found in the apartment Monday acting disoriented. They were taken to the hospital where they were treated and interviewed by police, and an affidavit describing the charges says both women changed their stories during that interview.

It says they first described one to three unknown men committing the killings, before telling police they had killed several of the family members. Authorities found Shana Decree's 25-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son dead Monday alongside her sister Jamilla Campbell and Campbell's twin 9-year-old daughters in the small apartment they shared. The documents say Shana Decree told police that everyone "wanted to die." The women claimed Campbell killed at least one of the children before she herself was choked to death. Police have not said how the victims died. Meanwhile, Campbell's 17-year-old son, Joshua, was found staying with friends in Willingboro, New Jersey. 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. (Police say a mother took her three young daughters out to lunch, then killed them.)


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