Saturday, 30 May 2020

Mum and daughter ‘team up to slaughter five family members including twins, 9’

A mum and daughter allegedly killed five members of their family – including two nine-year-old twins – in a horrific attack.

The killings happened in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, with two nine-year-old twins among the dead.

It is not yet known how the victims were killed.

Shana Decree, 45, and daughter Dominique Decree, 19, have been charged with the murders.

The victims are Shana’s daughter Naa’Irah Smith, 25, son Damon Decree Jr, 13, her sister Jamilla Campbell, 42, and Campbell’s twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen, both nine.

Police have appealed for information about Campbell’s son Joshua, 17, but said he is not a suspect.

Five bodies were found inside the home, while two were found alive, and were taken to hospital.

According to reports in the US, the victims had no obvious injuries.

Worried neighbours had contacted police as none of the family had been seen since Friday.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said: "This is a terrible tragedy.

"I just spoke with the family of all five of the deceased and we’re all heartbroken."

He told the Bucks County Courier Times : "The people that committed these atrocious acts are in custody and we’ll make them pay for their crimes.”

Both suspects are set to be charged with five counts of homicide and one count of conspiracy.

One of them was having seizures when she was taken to hospital, according to reports.

Neighbour Nicole Owens told NBC10 : "I saw the landlord and said, ‘What’s going on?’ And she said, ‘We are doing a welfare check because trash is piled up out there for awhile to see if they are alright.’

"Nobody answered the door so the maintenance guys went in."

It is thought the killers could have been inside with the victims’ bodies since Friday.

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

Four bodies were found when police were called at around 4pm, but the fifth was not discovered until 10pm.

No details about the cause of deaths or motive have been released.

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