Mother and Daughter Charged in the Murders of Five Family Members

Mother and Daughter Charged in the Murders of Five Family Members

In what's one of the most gruesome crimes in recent memory, a Pennsylvania woman and her teenage daughter have been charged with killing five members of their own family, whom according to the mother, all "wanted to die." Shana S. Decree, 45, and her daughter, Dominique K. Decree, 19, have been accused of the horrific murders that took the life of three children in addition to two older relatives, at an apartment in Morrisville, north of Philadelphia. 

It's been reported that the women told police, that along with another sister, they choked the others to death before the sister was then fatally choked by Dominique. Meanwhile, Dominique's neck also had visible injuries as well.

Meanwhile, it's been alleged that the mother said that everybody "had been talking about suicide," which leads to a potential motive of what investigators are describing as what might have been a murder-suicide pact between the mother and daughter. 

The women have been charged with five counts of homicide and one count of conspiracy, for the murders of 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.

All five victims were found yesterday (Feb. 25) by social services during an unannounced well-being check, while it's been revealed that the women initially denied knowing about the massacre, as Dominique claimed that the injuries to her neck came from an "unknown black male."

Later on, the pair reportedly admitted to the murders, and are now being held without bail. 

Source: CNN